With the new year upon us, as we all plan to make our resolutions, here are some resolutions to consider for your pets:
Are you feeding your pet accurately with a balanced cat, rabbit or dog food? This includes measuring out just the right amount for your pet. If your dog is over 7 years old or your cat over 8 years, have you considered moving onto a senior pet food, or one with extra joint supplements?
Buy your pet the best quality food you can afford as this will ensure less health problems and subsequently less vet bills.
Even in winter your pets still need to exercise – no matter if they are a dog, cat or smaller pet. Keeping them trim over the winter months has wonderful health benefits. The saying is true – if exercise were a tablet, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented!
Why not venture out to the surrounding villages with your dogs? New smells and sights mean that they may venture further and gain more from the experience.
If you have decided to start running, use your dog as an incentive to get you out every day.
We all love to treat our pets (vets are not immune and we also love to indulge our own animals!) If your dog is already overweight, try feeding healthier options such as carrots or rice cakes as treats.
Include any treats given to your pet in the total calorie count of the day, so reduce their daily amounts if more treats are given on certain days.
Have you been ignoring those skin lumps; always assuming that they are fatty lumps or harmless skin tags?
Is your pet’s smelly breath becoming an issue? Please contact us for any concerns you may have – we are here to help you.
Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date and you are worming and treating for fleas regularly. Make use of the stickers supplied by most flea manufacturers and keep these as reminders on your 2017 calendars.
Given the uncertainty of Brexit and its effects on pet travel the BVA have passed on some guidelines
We have a number of veterinary vacancies at our Barrow Hill Hospital in Kent
Read all our latest tips and advice for your pet this autumn