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Make Your Pet's Health Your New Year's Resolution

January 1, 2021

As we say farewell—and maybe good riddance—to 2020, it’s time to welcome in 2021 with some New Year’s resolutions. Why not include your pet’s good health in those vows? Here are some ideas from a Bend, OR veterinarian: 

Practice preventative care.

Preventative care is a far better option than treatment. For one, it’s more cost-effective. Secondly, it keeps your pet healthy in the long-term and helps avoid health troubles before they even begin. So, make sure your pet is kept up to date on essential vaccinations, and have them wear year-round pest-control products to ward away fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms. Consult your vet if your pet needs these measures. 

Feed a high-quality diet.

There isn’t a simpler way to keep your pet in good health than feeding them a great diet. It helps every part of your pet’s body stay in tip-top shape. And feeding your pet in the proper portion size means that they remain at a healthy weight, without the risk of obesity. Ask your vet to recommend a great food choice for your pet, as well as the proper serving size.

Exercise your pet.

We’re used to making resolutions regarding our own exercise habits. Why not resolve to keep your dog or cat in good physical shape, too? Get your pet moving every day—go on walks around the neighborhood, play with a favorite toy, or romp around in an open area of the house. This way, your pet burns calories and stays fit while having a lot of fun. 

Don’t forget about dental care.

Dental health concerns are rather common among domesticated dogs and cats. That’s because dental care is easy to overlook, but extremely important. Brush your pet’s teeth regularly using a pet-specific toothpaste and a pet toothbrush. Never use human toothpaste, as it could make your companion sick. And consider giving your pet dental chews or dental sticks for an added boost in the dental-health department. 

See your vet regularly. 

Last but not least, set up regular appointments at the vet’s office to have your pet examined. Regular veterinary visits are essential for your pet’s long-term health in 2021 and beyond. When your veterinarian is able to monitor your pet’s health over time, they can catch concerns early on and treat them accordingly.

Your Bend, OR vet clinic is here to help with all of your most important pet-care needs. Call the office today! 

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