Resolutions for Your Canine Companion’s Better Health

2020 is finally behind us. As you welcome in the New Year, you’re probably making a few resolutions. Consider making some that involve your dog’s health and wellness! Here are some ideas from an Anderson, IN vet.

Feed a great diet.

Pets who receive a nutritious and well-balanced diet throughout their lives stay healthy in the long-term. Ask your vet to recommend a food choice that suits your dog’s age, weight, and breed. And don’t forget to ask about the proper portion size measurement for your particular dog; you don’t want to overfeed Fido and risk obesity. 

Keep up with preventatives.

Be sure to keep up with preventative medications that ward off fleas, ticks, and parasitic worms. These pests can wreak havoc on your dog’s health in a very short time frame, but you can avoid the problem entirely with proper preventatives. Most pets just need a heartworm preventative and a flea-and-tick medication. Talk to your veterinary professional for more insight. Vaccines are also important—make sure your dog has been vaccinated against dangerous and possibly contagious diseases like parvovirus and distemper. 

Exercise regularly.

A healthy dog is one who exercises regularly. Exercise burns off excess calories, keeps your dog’s muscles and joints limber, and stimulates him mentally. And going for long walks and having fun play sessions with a favorite toy are great ways to strengthen the bond that you and your dog share. What’s not to love? 

Maintain good dental hygiene.

Many dogs suffer from dental health problems. Don’t let your canine companion fall into that category this year. Maintain your pooch’s dental hygiene at home—brush their teeth regularly with a pet toothbrush and a canine-formulated toothpaste. Give your dog plenty of chew toys and try dental sticks or dental chews for an added dental-health boost. 

See the vet. 

Regular checkups at the vet’s office are also essential for your dog’s good health in 2021 and beyond. When your vet examines your dog frequently, they can monitor your pet’s health over time and catch any health concerns early on. That way, they can be treated easily before health problems progress.

Our wellness plans are another good way to maintain your dog’s health over time. Ask one of our team members for more information.

Ready to set up your pet’s next office appointment? We can help. Call your Anderson, IN veterinary clinic today to speak with your local animal-care professionals. 

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