Dr. Butch Schroyer, Animal Care Clinic

COMMITMENTS FOR THE NEW YEAR, BUT WHAT ABOUT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ‘PET?’ DOCTOR BUTCH SCHROYER FROM THE ANIMAL CARE CLINIC IS HERE WITH SOME TIPS. WELCOME. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS WE SHOULD CONSIDER FOR OUR HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER PETS IN TWENTY-FIFTEEN? WHAT ABOUT TRAINING CLASSES? HOW IMPORTANT IS SPAYING OR NEUTERING YOUR PET? ————————– ————————– ————————– ——— Five New Years Resolutions to Keep Your Pet Happier and Healthier in 2015 1. Exercise your pet: a. Prevents obesity and arthritis b. Relieves boredom, helping your pet be better behaved c. Regular exercise is more effective than sporadic long sessions. Even a short daily walk or play session can make a big difference 2. Spay or neuter your pet: a. Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized, most due to simple overpopulation b. Un-neutered dogs and cats are more likely to wander and face the risk of becoming lost or hit by a car. Male dogs can smell a female in heat up to 3 miles and way, and male cats can smell the same up to 1 mile away. c. Early altering can prevent future health issues. 3. Give monthly heartworm and flea preventative a. Year round heartworm preventative is necessary for both dogs and cats – a bite from one infected mosquito in your home is all it takes to infect your pet b. Stopping and starting heartworm treatment without testing your pet for heartworms can be dangerous and deadly c. Fleas can survive in temperatures as low as 33 degrees outdoors, and all year indoors. They carry deadly diseases which can infect not only your pets but your family. d. Consider longer term options like proheart and bravecto if you have trouble remembering to administer your pet’s medication monthly 4. Have your pet examined by your vet at least twice a year a. Pets age faster than people so an exam every 6 months is like you visiting the doctor ever 3 years. A lot can change in that time. b. Disease prevention and early intervention not only keep your pet healthier, but is also much cheaper than treatment in the later stages of illness. c. Consider a Wellness Plan to help spread out the cost and ensure your pet gets the preventative care they need 5. Enroll your pet in a training class a. Pets of all ages can learn! Training is not exclusive to dogs – cats and many other species can benefit as well. b. Basic manners will help you enjoy the time you spend with your pet more. c. Many behavior problems can be easily prevented with early training. d. Consider working towards certification through AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program or certify as a therapy team. . . BREAK

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