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New Year’s Resolutions for Healthy & Happy Pets
Pet New Year's Resolutions from Williams Animal Clinic to Keep Them Healthy & Happy
- Schedule two appointments this year- Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives. The best time to bring your pet in is for a wellness exam. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble. We will also use these appointments to update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests.
- Discuss dental cleanings - Besides just bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease. Learn more about pet dental disease...
- Don’t skip their exercise - Regular exercise maintains your pet's healthy weight, builds strength and endurance. Exercise reduces behavior & medical problems associated with inactivity. Do not let the winter months keep you from jogging or walking your dog - most dogs will retrieve balls or toys for hours if you will toss it for them! Encourage cats to be active with toys or chasing laser pointers.
- Consider training – Beyond learning sit, stay & come here, effective obedience training can help your pet become a successful member of your family. Starting early as a puppy or soon after you adopt is preferred, but training can be applied to all ages. You can teach an old dog new tricks!
- Provide heartworm prevention - Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in Alabama because of mosquitoes. Heartworms live in the heart, blood vessels and lungs of an infected pet. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is much safer, more cost-effective & without side effects. All pets - even indoor pets - need to be on year-round heartworm prevention. Learn more about heartworm disease...
- Help your pet be reunited if lost - Not microchipped? Microchipping is a permanent form of pet ID. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters can scan a lost pet and obtain the owner's contact information if implanted with a microchip. Already microchipped? Make sure the information is up to date if you moved or changed phone numbers. Ensure ID tags are current also and securely fastened onto your pet at all times.
- Be mindful of what they eat - Talk with us about nutritional counseling. If they need to gain or lose a few pounds, we can recommend a food and exercise plan if needed. Certain "people foods" are toxic to pets - chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetener often found in peanut butter and desserts).
- Visit our online pet pharmacy & store and check out your pet portal - You can refill your pet's prescriptions and order food and supplies to be delivered right to your door! While we always enjoy seeing you in our vet hospital, we understand your schedule does not always allow you to stop by. You can shop at your convenience 24/7! Your pet portal allows you to view your pet's medical history, print medical records, request appointments and view upcoming appointments and services due.
Thanks for letting us be your partner in your pet's health! Don't forget - we appreciate referrals to other pet owners - each new client referral is a $10 credit on your account.