As we make New Year’s Resolutions for ourselves, why not include our four-legged family? Here are our Top 5 Resolutions for Pets- let’s make 2020 a great year!

5.  Protect Against Parasites

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If your pet is not already getting consistent preventative care, now is a great time to start! Fleas, ticks, and other parasites can cause a variety of health issues for both you and your pet. Issues such as itching, skin infections, and even more serious systemic metabolic disorders are among the possible sequelae. At Lone Star Animal Hospital, we recommend Sentinel as a year-round parasite prevention treatment that prevents flea eggs developing. It also protects against heartworm, whipworms, roundworms and hookworms. We recommend Bravecto to protect against ticks and adult fleas. 

4.  Schedule Regular “Pampering Sessions” for Your Pet

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We all know a little self-care for ourselves goes a long way, and the same is true for our pets! Regular bathing helps keep a healthy coat and skin (especially for dogs who battle allergies!). Nail trims prevent nails from becoming overgrown and getting snagged and torn, or even infected. Regular ear cleanings are also important to help keep infections at bay. We are happy to help with ways to make these visits as low-stress as possible!

3.  Maintain a Healthy Weight for Your Pet

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Currently, it’s estimated that over 50% of pets- dogs and cats- are overweight or obese. Just as in people, being overweight can lead to serious health issues for our pets-- concerns such as joint pain and mobility issues, diabetes, and even certain types of cancers. All of these could mean the need for chronic medications, or quality of life issues for our pet. 

Don’t forget about exercise! Schedule 10-15 minutes a day to throw the ball for your dog, or get your kitty off the couch to chase the laser- make it be part of your new daily routine. Regular walks are awesome too. We have tons of great play and exercise ideas for you and your pet to enjoy!  If you are concerned about your pet’s weight, please talk to us- we can can help develop a weight-loss plan that works for you and your pet!

2.  Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

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Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition we see in our pets. By the time your pet is 3, there is very likely some periodontal change present. Regular brushing is one of the best things you can do for your pet’s dental health- and it ideally is part of your daily routine with your pet. Lone Star Animal Hospital provides the highest-quality and comprehensive dental care  for your pet. Learn more here! You can set up a complimentary dental assessment with us here, or by contacting us. We also have video tutorials on how to brush your dog’s teeth, and how to brush your cat’s teeth.

1.  Annual Exams with Your Vet

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Your pet’s annual physical exam is so important-- it is one of the best ways to catch hidden illness or other health concerns before they turn into bigger issues. It’s a great time to ask your vet any questions you may have also. Make your pet’s health a top priority in 2020 to help them live a happy and healthy life. If you need to schedule your pet’s next appointment or have any questions, you can contact us here

Wishing you and your pets the very best in 2020 and beyond!