Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy

Keeping your pet healthy can be simple. Here are some tips to help you and your fur pal to have a happy, healthy life.

  1. "I enjoy a good walk"

    “I enjoy a good walk”

    Deworm

    • Having your pet on a regular deworming schedule will reduce the risk of passing roundworm onto other pets but also to people and children
    • Also, deworming will prevent heartworm, a parasite that lives in a dog’s heart, that is slowly moving into New Brunswick
  2. Vaccinate
    • Vaccinating against rabies will prevent infection to other animals and people, especially if your pet comes in contact with wildlife
    • Routine vaccines can help prevent kennel cough, parvovirus and other viruses that can be life threatening to your furry friend
  3. Daily exercise
    • Regular exercise is great to help keep their weight down, good for their brain health and a great bonding experience for both pet and owner
  4. Yearly visits with the veterinarian
    • An annual exam with a veterinarian is beneficial for your little critter
    • This allows the vet to get to know you and your pet
    • Allow for early diagnosis
      • The vet can pick up on issues (like heart murmur, dental disease, skin tumours, etc)
  5. Daily teeth brushing
    • Dental disease is a big problem in pets
    • Brushing daily will help to reduce the severity of dental disease
    • Can help to prevent any tooth loss
    • Decreases the amount of bacteria in their mouths, which is beneficial (especially when they kiss you!)
  6. Maintain an ideal weight
    • Obesity is another big problem in pets
    • Obesity increases the risk for diabetes, arthritis, mobility problems, heart problems, etc
    • Keeping them at a healthy weight can increase their life expectancy and happiness
  7. Know your pets normal behaviour, so that if changes occur, you know they are not feeling well so you can go to the doctor sooner than later as problems are easier to fix when found sooner
  8. "Mom I can do it myself!"

    “Mom I can do it myself!”

    Appropriate supplementation

    • Some breeds are more prone to certain diseases/conditions like arthritis; adding some omega fatty acids or green lipped mussle can lessen the inflammation that causes pain
  9. Regular lab work for seniors
    • Diseases can creep up on pets. Monitoring their blood values, will help us diagnose problems sooner (when it’s usually easier to treat)

If you have any questions on how we can help you with this, please don’t hesitate to contact us (389-2121).

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