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New Year's Resolutions for Your Pets

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Posted on 01-04-2018

West Nashville pet owners - Richland Animal Clinic presents to you New Year's resolutions for healthy & happy pets in 2018!

  1. Schedule two vet appointments this year- Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives.  The best time to bring your pet in is for a wellness exam. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble.  We will update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests. 
  2. Plan an annual dental cleaning - Besides just bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease. 
  3. Don’t skip on their exercise - Regular exercise maintains your pet's healthy weight, builds strength and endurance.  Exercise reduces behavior & medical problems associated with inactivity.  Do not let the winter keep you from jogging or walking your dog or most dogs will retrieve balls or toys for hours! Encourage cats to be active with toys or chasing laser pointers. 
  4. Consider training – Starting early as a puppy or soon after you adopt is preferred, but you can teach an old dog new tricks! Beyond learning sit, stay & come here, effective obedience training can help your pet become a successful member of your family.  
  5. Provide year-round parasite prevention - Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in Tennessee because of mosquitoes. Heartworms live in the heart, blood vessels and lungs of an infected pet. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is safer, more cost effective & without side effects.  All pets - even indoor pets - need to be on year-round heartworm prevention. Ticks carry Lyme disease which is prevalent in Tennessee.
  6. Help your pet be reunited if lost - Microchipping is a permanent form of pet ID. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters can scan a lost pet and obtain the owner's contact information if implanted with a microchip. Make sure the information is up to date if you moved or changed phone numbers. Ensure ID tags are current also and securely fastened onto your pet at all times. 
  7. Be mindful of what they eat -  Talk with us about nutritional counseling if pets need to gain/lose weight. Certain "people food" are toxic to pets - chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetener often found in peanut butter and desserts).
  8. Visit our online pet pharmacy & store - You can refill your pet's prescriptions and order food and supplies to be delivered right to your door!  We enjoy seeing you in the vet clinic, we understand your schedule does not always allow you to stop by.  You can shop at your convenience 24/7!
  9. Log into your NEW app & Pet Portal - 24/7 access to your pet's medical history, request appointments and medication refills!
  10. Keep them looking & feeling fresh and clean - Regular bathing & grooming maintains a healthy coat, skin and nails!

Thank you for allowing us to be your partner in your pet's health! 

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