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Planning Your Pet’s Health This Year: A Month-by-Month Guide for Pet Parents

Planning Your Pet’s Health This Year

Here’s a tail-wagger for you: 2021 is finally here. We are happy to welcome the new year with smiles and a rejuvenated sense of optimism. As a team, we remain committed to providing pets with the best lives they can experience. We’ve resolved to help pet parents find more ways to keep their pets healthy, happy, and ready to take on this year and beyond. To help you keep better track of your pet’s health and maintenance needs, here is a 12-month plan:

Watch Your Pet’s Weight All Year

We want to encourage you to be vigilant about your pet’s weight. Keeping track of weight gain and loss can help you identify health issues before they worsen. Weigh your pet with your bathroom scale. Weigh yourself. Then pick up your pet. What’s the weight difference?

January

Kick-off the new year on the right paw. Keep your pet active even in cold weather and don’t forget to:

  • Schedule your pet’s annual check-up.
  • Weigh your pet and record their weight: _____
  • Order your pet’s monthly medications & paw balm.
  • Sort through your pet’s prescriptions and toss any expired medications.
  • Consider a prescription subscription service for your pet.
  • Take note of your pet’s meal portions. Are you underfeeding or overfeeding your pet?
  • Beginning writing down any behaviors you want to work on with your pet.

February

Snuggle up on your pet and plan to show your four-legged companion some extra love by:

  • Refill heartworm prevention, and flea & tick prevention
  • Has your pet made it in to see us yet? Don’t forget to schedule an annual exam
  • Refill monthly medications
  • Check your pet’s weight: _____
  • Does your pet need a nail trim? If their nail clack on the floor or their dewclaw looks like a crescent, it’s time for a pet-icure.
  • Look over your list of unwanted pet behaviors. Have you worked on them? If you have questions about pet anxiety or newly developed ‘bad bathroom habits,’ we can help. You may also want to consider hiring a trainer.

March

Your pet is lucky to have you as an owner. Here are some things you can do to extend your pet’s life and luck:

  • Do not skip heartworm prevention, and flea & tick prevention--the weather is warming up
  • Have you considered monthly prescription refills for your pet?
  • Weigh your pet: _____ . Has your pet lost weight, yet?
  • Consider ordering a new
    _ Leash
    _ Harness
    _ Litter box
    _ Toys
  • Review your garden safety routines--keep tools out of the grass and off the ground.

April

Spring is here! Warm-up to these pet health ideas:

  • Look for signs that your pet is struggling with spring allergies. If you notice the following, make an appointment to see us:
    _ Itchy eyes or ears
    _ Paw licking or chewing
    _ Constant itchy
    _ Missing patches of fur
    _ Watery eyes
    _ Change in coat health
    _ Excessive sneezing
  • Empty debris and containers collecting extra water around the yard
  • Did you order your pet’s prescriptions for the month?
  • Consider making a grooming appointment
  • Remember to prevent your pet from lapping up water
  • How much does your pet weigh? _____

May

May your pet’s health be better than ever. Keep up the good work by:

  • Put together a pet first aid kit
  • Add an extra water bowl to your home to encourage hydration
  • Consider ordering pet-safe sunblock
  • Don’t lose track of your pet’s weight
  • Watch for bees, spiders, and other creepy-crawlers--avoid walking where deer or other wildlife tend to pass
  • How much does your pet weigh this month? _____

June

Summer is here, and you’ve done a great job so far this year! Pets and summer are like peas and carrots. Keep your pet safe from the heat and protected from fleas, ticks, and heartworms.

  • Ask us about how you can prevent your pet from leptospirosis
  • Prepare for the 4th of July by scheduling an appointment this month. If your pet is afraid of fireworks--we can help!
  • Check your pet’s microchip and update contact information.
  • Six-month prescriptions from January are likely getting low. Refill your prescriptions soon.
  • Mid-year weigh-in: _____

July

Just in the knick of summer--keep on track when it comes to pet hydration and heat safety.

  • Remember that some people will do fireworks before the Fourth of July and after--be ready with your pet’s anti-anxiety medication.
  • Don’t have a prescription to keep your pet calm during thunderstorms? Make an appointment to find out if your pet is a good candidate for anxiety control medication.
  • Prevent your pet from drinking from outdoor water sources
  • Did your senior pet get to see us last month? Don’t forget to bring them in for their second annual appointment.
  • Is your pet shaping up to a beach bod? _____

August

Back to school time is here. Do you know how to help your pet cope with separation anxiety?

  • Ask us about how we can help your pet handle their separation control.
  • Consider hiring a dog walker, cat sitter, or using doggie daycare to help your pet adjust to back-to-school.
  • Did you refill your pet’s prescriptions this month?
  • Remember to avoid letting your dog swim in water with visible algae. Blue-green algae is deadly for dogs.
  • How’s your pet’s weight?_____

September

Celebrate your pet’s physical health and encourage positive mental health with extra play sessions and outdoor time.

  • Did you know pets can suffer from dementia, depression, and anxiety? Keeping your pet mentally active can stave off worsening dementia and reduce or prevent anxiety and depression. Commit to more walks and feather wands.
  • If you notice any negative changes in behavior since January, give us a call. If your pet has improved--good for you!
  • It’s hot out there--schedule a grooming session.
  • Weigh your pet: _____

October

Fall is here. Keep your pet feeling fantastic by keeping all candy stored where your pet won’t find it.

  • Fall back into a healthy exercise routine with your dog.
  • Don’t forget to check your pet’s medications for refills.
  • Begin planning for holiday travel. Boarding facilities fill up fast and dogs require a bordetella vaccine to stay in boarding facilities.
  • Weigh your pet: _____

November

You’ve done a great job keeping your pet healthy this year--give yourself a round of “thanks!”

  • Book Thanksgiving boarding ASAP if you have not. Book your boarding for the holiday season.
  • Remember to keep Thanksgiving guests informed about your pet’s human-food hand-out policy.
  • Keep walking and playing through the holiday season to help your pet’s mind stay active and his or her body healthy.
  • Even as temperatures cool, continue to provide your pet’s flea and tick prevention.
  • How much does your pet weigh? _____

December

You did a dog-gone great job this year keeping your pet healthy and having a great life. Give yourself a special gift as a reward for being a responsible pet owner.

  • If your pet experiences stiffness, soreness, or chronic pain, please make an appointment to see us.
  • Make your January pet check-up appointment
  • Prepare for your pet’s winter with a new sweater, throw blankets, and a warm bed.
  • Ask us about how you can help control your pet’s arthritis pain during the cold weather months
  • Your pet’s end of year weigh-in: _____

Your Pet’s Health End of Year Review

Print your answers to these questions and bring them with you to your next appointment:

January Weight: ________________

December Weight: ________________

This year my pet began getting treatment for: (ex: anxiety, incontinence, excess weight, allergies) ___________________________

Their treatment is working/still unsure/not working. (ex: anxiety, incontinence, excess weight, allergies) ________________________________

My pet exercises about ____________ hours every week.

I have questions about:

  • Flea & tick control
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Weight loss
  • Pet diabetes
  • Pet cancer
  • Pet arthritis
  • Pet anxiety
  • Pet separation anxiety
  • My pet’s: __ears/hearing, __eyes/sight, __nails, __skin or coat, __ joints
  • Digestion or food allergies
  • Pet dementia or memory loss

Give Your Pet Their Best Year: Healthy, Happy, & Having Fun

Your pet deserves the best health and best life. If you’re ready to provide your pet with a year of wags, purrs, and happy moments, print out this guide and make an appointment to see us soon. Happy New Year! Here’s to the barkingly best year, yet!

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The Gift of Health for Your Pet

As you’re shopping for the holiday season, you may ask yourself, “What’s the best gift I can give my pet?” While pet sweaters are cute and can make for adorable holiday cards, we believe the best present a pet parent can gift their pet is a healthy, happy life. When you invest in your pet’s wellbeing, you’re giving the most heartfelt gift a pet could ask for (if they knew how to speak). As a pet parent, you are your pet’s advocate for a better life. You’re like Santa but better--you have the opportunity to make your pet merrier every day of the year.

So, think outside of the gift box this year, and provide your pet with more than can fit under the tree.

1. Provide Your Pet with Plenty of Playtime

Pets need exercise--both physical and mental exercise. If your pet passed puppyhood or kittenhood, don’t give up on play sessions and training sessions. For the holidays, consider purchasing some new toys that encourage physical and mental stimulation. Consider a puzzle bowl for your dog or a puzzle feeder for your cat.

Just for cats: Increase the merriment and reignite the kitten within: catnip is where it’s at. Consider a window cat perch, so your cat can watch the birds and other critters. This will surely bring some extra meowiment to winter.

Just for dogs: Take your dog on a special hike or walk. Choose a place you’ve never explored. The new sights and smells are a priceless gift without a large price tag.

2. A Well-Balanced Diet: An Unbeatable Way to Show Your Love

Proper nutrition is a gift that goes a long way. Your pet’s food forms the foundation for their health. Why else does your pet’s diet matter? One of the leading health issues for pets is obesity. A healthy diet can combat obesity and related health issues.

What does your pet need to stay healthy? Choose a food that exceeds the AAFCO guidelines. Look for meat as the top ingredient and be sure the ingredient list is short and simple. Like people, pets often need a diet designed for their needs. We can make finding the best food for your pet as easy as a quick discussion during your pet’s exam.

3. Don’t Skip Regular Checkups & Preventative Medical Care

When you bring your pet in for a regular checkup, you’re giving her the gift that goes beyond the surface. A wellness exam allows us to screen for health issues, provide your pet with vaccines to protect her health after you leave, and help spot potential health issues. Early detection of diseases can save your pet’s life and save you the added cost of more complex treatments. Early diagnosis and prevention are the equivalents of better prognosis and simplified treatment.

Preventing fleas, ticks, intestinal worms, and heartworms is more than just preventing discomfort. Medications that prevent these pests also block the diseases that come along with them like Lyme disease.

Don’t forget the smile. One of the most commonly overlooked preventative health measures for pets is dental checkups. Skipping dental care can lead to pain and periodontal disease for your pet. And while periodontal disease may not seem serious, it has been linked to many other serious health issues for pets.

4. Protect Your Pet & Ensure Her Safe Return

With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, it’s a great time to check your pet’s microchip contact information and ID tag. If your family welcomed a new pet into your home recently, be sure your pet is chipped and has an ID tag with your phone number and any medical concerns. Many pet parents have their pets microchipped but forget to update the information when they move or change numbers. Others never even register their pets’ chips. Don’t let your pet get left out in the cold this year. Give yourself and your pet the gift of peace of mind, safety, and security.

5. Don’t Forget the Love, Affection, & Attention

The holidays can be stressful--especially this year. Don’t forget to take a little extra time to snuggle, pet, and love on your pet. Petting your cat or dog doesn’t cost a cent and the extra cuddles remind your pet of how amazing they are! Not only will your pet benefit from positive endorphins, but this gift comes with the added bonus of reducing your stress and improving your mood--now, isn’t that better than anything that can be bought on Black Friday?

Happy Holidays!

Unwrap a lifetime of good health for your pet. When you gift your pets with a lifetime of feeling great, your pets will repay the kindness in happy memories, fun, and longer lives. Don’t skip the gifts that matter most. Before Santa arrives, make an appointment for your pet’s wellness exam.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with an Attitude of Gratitude

Celebrate Thanksgiving with an Attitude of Gratitude

Despite all that has happened in 2020, this year has its hidden gems. From having more time to snuggle with the cat to greeting neighbors working from home on walks with the dog, there is still so much to be thankful for as we approach Thanksgiving.

While we usually dedicate our November blog post to preventing your pets from gobbling up the turkey, we decided to spread some cheer with the top three reasons we’re thankful this year and how you can share the love with your animal companions.

1. We Are Thankful for Our Pets

Big or small, furry or bald, pets deserve a round of applause for making the hard days easier and the best days better. Our furry friends make us smile and laugh and give us purpose. Pets improve our mental and physical health, and they never expect us to say, “Thank you.” They simply want us to love them back.

Because pets enhance our lives, we are grateful to be entrusted with theirs. Thank you for your confidence in our ability to provide your pet with loving care during their visit and your trust that our guidance improves your pet’s overall health and wellbeing.

2. We Are Thankful for Clients that Support Local Veterinarians

Like other private practice vets, we stayed open as an essential business when coronavirus struck. Veterinary clinics across the U.S. have seen a sharp decline in appointments, forcing many to shut their doors permanently. While we were unsure what to expect in our office, we found that many of you brought your pet in for their regular exams, emerging conditions, and emergencies.

Because of that, we’re able to continue our mission to provide every pet that enters our clinic world-class professional veterinary care. We are grateful for those that continue to make appointments and seek care for their dogs, cats, and other pets from independent practices like ours.

3. We Are Thankful for Our Team

Working at a veterinary clinic can feel like herding cats…and sometimes we quite literally are! Our staff members play a vital role in keeping pets healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy. We are so grateful for a team that puts every ounce of energy, know-how, and love towards helping furry patients and their human parents. There are no words that describe how lucky we are to have such a caring crew.

How to Show Gratitude to Pets for All They Do

Pets are our best friends, our secret keepers, and our guardians. It may seem nearly impossible to repay all they do for us, but here are some ways to show them just how much they’re appreciated.

1. Help Your Pet Live a Long, Healthy Life

Routine exams, preventative care, and early diagnosis provide your pet with their healthiest and happiest life. From preventing parasites to catching cancer before it steals your pet’s health, regular veterinary visits are a valuable tool for repaying your pet’s love and companionship.

2. Spend Quality Time with Your Pet

Your pet loves you and enjoys spending time with you. (Yes, even your cat.) As the chaos of the holidays approaches, carve out time to spend with your pet. If you’re worried about a busy calendar, hire a pet professional for a home visit, or book a stay at a boarding facility to ensure your furry companion receives enough human attention.

3. Provide Your Pet with a Healthy Diet and Exercise

Obesity isn’t a small problem: it’s a fat fact that extra weight shortens a pet’s life. As winter arrives and the novelty of long walks wears off, don’t wane on keeping your pet active. Animals need to keep moving to keep their joints healthy, muscles toned, and minds stimulated. Play indoors by hiding treats around the house or using toys to keep your pet busy.

Feed your pet a well-balanced, high-quality diet and appropriate portions for their ideal size. If you’re unsure about the right food or feeding schedule, contact us for guidance. We’re happy to talk about pet nutrition and find the best food and treats for your companion.

4. Provide Your Pet with a Calm Refuge from Holiday Chaos

If you have a nervous pet, prepare a space for them to relax during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. A room with curtains drawn, a comfortable spot to lie down, and relaxing music will do the trick. You can also help your pet avoid stress caused by visitors by having them boarded.

5. Provide for Your Pet’s Cold Weather Needs

Pets are thankful for warm beds with a few additional blankets during the winter months, particularly if they have a few years under their collar. During walks, avoid icy areas to prevent sprains and strains and consider dressing your dog in a sweater or jacket if they have a thin coat.

We Are Thankful for You and Your Pets

Every wagging tail reminds us of our dedication to providing pets and their owners with quality veterinary care. We are lucky to have incredible clients, particularly during this challenging year, and we thank you for your continued trust, support, and patience. Happy Thanksgiving from your veterinary team!

 

 

 

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Caring for Your Pet Locally is Caring for Your Community

We’re proud to be part of this diverse and caring community. We are equally honored to be a local business that makes an impact on the happiness and health of your furry family members.

During these trying times, we have remained open to provide pets with the medical care they need. To prioritize the health and safety of your family, we’re offering new services like curbside pickup and consultations over the phone. We’re proud to continue to serve you and provide critical veterinary services to our community.

As the effects of COVID-19 provide challenges to small businesses, choosing local providers for your purchases and services is vital to our area’s economy. If you’re thankful for being part of this community, we hope you’ll keep your shopping trips local as a way of caring for our region.

Why Use Small Businesses and Why Shop Local?

When you patronize local small businesses, you improve our community. How? Shopping locally increases employment opportunities, provides better wages to employees, and keeps your money benefiting our community through taxes and employee payroll.

What Can You Do to Increase Your Local Impact as a Pet Owner?

1. Provide Your Pet with Veterinary Care from a Small Business

We know many people are choosing which services and errands to go without due to COVID. Providing your pet with veterinary care is not something to skip. Nobody knows how long this pandemic will last, and postponing your pet’s appointments could be disastrous.

Bringing your pet in for their regular check-up or a health concern helps us continue to maintain our staff and helps your pet. Early diagnosis increases the effectiveness of treatment and often decreases the medical intervention needed. Preventative medicine and regular exams reduce your vet bills in the long run and improve your pet’s prognosis should they fall ill.

Don’t remember the last time your pet was vaccinated? August is National Immunization Month, so it’s a good time to check if your companion is due for these vital vaccinations to help keep them healthy.

2. Let Us Fill Your Pet’s Prescriptions Instead of a Big-Box

One often-overlooked opportunity to keep your dollars in our community is to fill your pet’s prescriptions at our office. Studies show that using a big-box retailer can hamper local economic growth. If you go elsewhere for your pet’s medicine, including heartworm, flea, and tick prevention, we hope you’ll consider transferring their prescription to us. We offer convenient means to fill your pet’s Rx, provide you with advice and guidance, and are a trusted source for your pet’s medications.

3. Don’t Skip Veterinary Care for Your Cat

Did you know that August 22nd is Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day? Make an appointment to support your cat’s health and a local veterinarian. Cats often go longer than dogs without visiting the vet, because they often seem more self-sufficient but, in fact, are really masters of hiding pain and discomfort. If it’s been a while since your cat had an exam, make an appointment to bring them in.

4. Follow Us on Social Media & Share Posts

Following our practice and other local pet-related businesses on social media is one easy way to pay it forward without spending any money. If you like one of our posts, why not share it with your network? We appreciate those who spread information that improves the lives of pets beyond our reach, and social media is a way to connect your friends and family to a great local business.

5. Refer a Friend to Our Office

The power of word-of-mouth has never waned. If you have a friend or family member looking for veterinary care, we hope you’ll send them to us. We appreciate your referrals and love meeting new people and their pets. Plus, your friend will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing their pet will be cared for by people you already trust.

6. Review Us Online

We hope you’ll take the time to review us and other small local businesses on Google and Facebook. Your positive experience can help a pet parent looking for quality care. Taking a moment to tell your neighbors about why you trust us with your pet’s health highlights a local business and keeps our community ties strong.

Thank You for Choosing Us to Care for Your Pets

Struggling retailers, caring providers, and your favorite restaurants need you now more than ever. We love this community: the people, the pets, and the spirit, and we hope to see it thrive in the face of adversity. You’re in our hearts and on our minds. Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you soon.

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