New Year’s Resolution for Your Pet
Written by Stephanie C
It’s that time of year when we all decide to try and do something just a little better than last year. This year, maybe try and do something for your pets. Here’s a list of ideas of new resolutions that you could implement in 2017:
- Be more diligent with your Heartworm and Flea protection. There should be no excuse now for forgetting to give your pet his or her monthly or semi-monthly medications. Now there’s an app for that!
- Bravecto is a flea and tick preventative tablet that is given 4 times a year. While it would be hard to remember to give it so sporadically, they created an app that will alert you when your dog’s next Bravecto is due. http://www.bravecto.com.au/reminderapp
- There’s also one for Heartgard. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.powerybase.heartgard&hl=en
- MyPet Reminder is great because it will keep track of your pet’s heartworm and flea due dates but also your pet’s vaccines and appointments. https://secure.merck-animal-health.com/reminders.aspx?SiteID=731&st=jfsfyjdjafsr2t45rakh020z
- Help your pet lose more weight. If it’s needed, while you go out for a jog, bring your dog! The number one New Year’s resolution is to work out more. If you involve your pet, you may tend to work out for a longer period of time, rather than slowly quit in February. Take the extra 20 minutes a day to throw another tennis ball to your dog, or encourage jumping and hunting with your cat. Indoor cats tend to be the most overweight, but they can still work out inside! A laser pointer or more crinkled up pieces of paper may help get your cats butt in gear. Here’s a great article on how to keep your indoor cat active, http://www.everydayhealth.com/pet-health/ten-cat-exercises.aspx.
- Consider your pet’s teeth. Start incorporating brushing your pet’s teeth into your routine. Maybe start with a small finger brush kit. Something as simple as paper towel or gauze and rubbing their teeth with your finger will also help. You can give a small amount of treats, or a paste like Nutrical, to make it a positive experience. Try to brush their teeth maybe twice a week then increase it slowly over time. Ideally, we would like their teeth to be brushed once a day with animal specific toothpaste. If brushing teeth is too much of a task, maybe consider adding dental treats into their routine. Research different types of dental treats as some can be high in calories or don’t properly break down in the gut.
- Think about an Early Detection Program. Doing initial bloodwork is best for a baseline. We recommend starting a small blood panel around 5-6 years of age (for dogs and cats). There are many types of blood panels that can be performed at different prices. For example, if your dog is due for a heartworm test and a fecal test, there is a blood panel that includes both of those which may help you save money in the long run. Here are some facts about early detection from our laboratory.
- “If detected early, 75% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one year period.” Antech Laboratories
- “Kidney disease is one of the major causes of illness and death in dogs and cats, but symptoms do not usually appear until 2/3 of kidney function has been lost. If caught early, the animal can live with this condition for many years.” Antech Laboratories
- “If a liver problem is detected at an early stage of the disease and is administered proper treatment, the chance of your pet’s recovery is in your favor.” Antech Laboratories
- “Early detection of diabetes is extremely important because an early therapy regimen can be more effective and easier on the animal. Detecting and monitoring diabetes early can also prevent damage to other organs.” Antech Laboratories