As we count down the last days of 2018, the topic of resolutions always come up. Resolutions are a great way to refocus for the new year and to set goals. I am sure you have resolutions for yourself, but have you thought about some resolutions for you and your pet? Here are some suggestions:
- Daily exercise. Good for both you and your pet.
- Teach or refresh your dog’s basic manners. There are a lot of good classes in the area. A well-behaved dog is always a joy to be around.
- Give your dog monthly heartworm preventative. If your dog isn’t on heartworm preventative, have him/her tested and started on preventative.
- Regular flea and tick control for dog and cats. Even in the winter! Two days of 50-degree weather will result in ticks being active.
- Keep your pet’s vaccines up to date.
- Bring a fecal to your annual exam. Even indoor cats can pick up parasites from bugs in the house.
- Buy health insurance for your pet. Illness and accidents happen. How much easier would it be if finances weren’t an issue?
- Have an annual exam for your pet even if their vaccines are not due. We can find problems early with a good physical before they spiral out of control.
- Teach your dog or cat a new trick or start a sport. It will strengthen your bond and keep your pet’s mind active.
- Love your pet.
From the staff at Willow Creek Veterinary Center, we hope you have a happy and healthy 2019!
Ann E. Bastian, V.M.D.