Spring is approaching and we will be using gardening supplements, bugs will be crawling more, and pets will be playing outside more. It is important to pay attention to what we use around the house and if all is put in a safe place out of our pets reach. Below is a link to a great site that lists a few helpful tips for Spring time and pets.
While every day should be “Love Your Pet Day”, today it is recognized nationally as a day to show extra love to your pet and how you appreciate them! Take this time to pamper your pet and show how grateful you are to have them in your lives, celebrate!
Many of us have been guilty of succumbing to our pets “sad face” or “puppy dog eyes” as they beg for our food when we are eating. While it can be difficult to resist, many of our foods are not good for our pets and can even be harmful to them. Another issue with table food can also be weight gain. It is important for we as owners, to limit the caloric intake of our pets. “An effective individualized weight loss program provides a consistent and healthy rate of weight loss to reduce risk of disease, prevent malnutrition, and improve quality of life. Weight loss is achieved with appropriate caloric restriction, diet selection, exercise, and strategies to help modify behavior of both the pet and client.” (Burns, 2014) When weight loss programs have not become successful, there is the possibility of other underlying issues and the pet should be examined by a Veterinarian.
Burns, 2014. AAHA develops guidelines for weight management. https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/140215g.aspx
We have now began a new year! As we all plan our New Years Resolutions, we should include our pets in our plans to accomplish these tasks. Our pets are just as important and we can help keep them healthy with these benefits……annual checkups and vaccinations, dental hygiene including professional cleanings, heartworm and flea preventative on a monthly basis, and feeding/watering with the appropriate food and clean water. There are many other items that could be added to the list, this is why we stress the importance of scheduling annual checkups for pets to discuss your pets health with your veterinarian. Schedule your pets checkup today!