Greetings and Resolutions
As we enter 2009 I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for your continued support. We look forward to a new year of new clients and pets as well as old friends. It is is a pleasure to help you care for your furry family members and none of it would be possible without your support and involvement.
The New Year is a time when many people set resolutions for the coming year. I saw the following list of pet resolutions by Dr. Doug Mader of Clinicians's Brief magazine and would like to share them with you. (The additions in parentheses are mine.)
New Year’s resolutions for pet owners:
● Take your pet to the veterinarian at least once this year for an annual check-up.
(Every 6 months if over age 6)
● Get your pet’s vaccinations up to date.
● Institute a regular exercise program for your pet.
(Good for you and your pet)
● Feed your pet a proper diet, which should not include people food and tablescraps.
● Have your pet neutered if you do not plan on having it bred.
● Have your pet permanently identified, with a microchip.
● Take some good quality, portrait-type photos for use in identifying your pet should it ever get lost or stolen.
(and e-mail us a copy or bring one by for our website)
● Make a pet first-aid kit in case of an emergency, such as a hurricane.
● Buy your pets some nice, pet-safe toys so they don’t get bored.
● Have at least 1 litter box for each cat in your house.
● Never leave your pet in a car unattended, especially on a hot day.
● Take your dog to obedience class.
● Give your pets fresh water in a clean bowl every day.
● Start a regular flea prevention program.
● Groom your pet on a regular basis.
● Start your older dog on arthritis control supplements.
● Pet your cat until it purrs at least one time every day.
● Take your pet to the veterinarian at the first sign of illness. Don’t wait until the problem gets out of control.
Get a geriatric exam for your senior pet.
● Donate or volunteer your time at your local animal shelter.
● Start your dog on heartworm preventative (if not already giving).
● Check your pet’s teeth.
● Hug your veterinarian. -Note: my favorite!
Have a Safe, Happy and Prosperous New Year!