Get ready for National Pet Week starting on May 6th ! National Pet Week promotes responsible pet ownership, makes people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets, increases public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals, and raises awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals.
This week gives us a chance to celebrate the bond we share with our pets, and focus on maintaining their health and well-being.
LOVE YOUR PET, SEE YOUR VET
Your pet’s health is an important factor and responsibility to consider when making the decision to become a pet owner. Research the respective animal’s health needs and be sure you can provide all the necessary and proper care that a particular pet requires.
Once you have your pet, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. During your visit, the veterinarian gives your new pet an examination to determine its current health status. If there are any immediate health needs, proper treatment can be recommended. Your pet may also need immunizations to protect it from common diseases that might endanger its well being. Since nutrition is vital to your pet, the veterinarian can advise on proper feeding. To help your pet if it gets lost, your veterinarian can provide a microchip that will assist in locating it.
After your first visit, your pet may need some follow-up visits to complete any immunizations given in a series to be fully effective. Every year thereafter, you need to take your pet to the veterinarian since some immunizations need a booster and a pet’s health may change from year to year as it gets older. Be sure to watch for those out of the ordinary signs that give hints your pet has a health problem now and needs a visit between annual exams. Veterinary care over the years can help your pet and you have a long and enjoyable time together.
7 things you can do to keep your pet healthy
- Keep your pet at a healthy weight;
- Exercise and play with your pet;
- Feed your pet a balanced, nutritious diet;
- Have your veterinarian examine your pet at least twice a year to make sure your pet is healthy and to help detect problems earlier;
- Vaccinate your pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper, parvo, panleukopenia and rabies for dogs, and FVRCP and rabies for cats.
- Keep your pet free of parasites (fleas, ticks, heartworm, etc.) – consult your veterinarian for the best product for your pet;
- Spay/neuter your pet.
You can always call or email us for any questions or information. We are always there for you!More about National Pet Week: http://www.petweek.org/