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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Parents

Happy New Year! Are you making resolutions for 2017? If so, why not include your pet? After all, your furry pal will be right there with you in the new year. Here, a Sugar Land, TX vet lists some great New Year’s resolutions for pet parents.

Provide Proper Entertainment

Our animal companions can get bored and restless with nothing to do. Make sure to provide your pet with plenty of safe, suitable toys. Dogs and cats like a variety of playthings, as do birds. Smaller pets, like pocket pets, need lots of chew toys. Even reptiles like having branches to climb and little nooks to explore.

Good Food

One of the best things you can do for your pet is to make sure they are getting great nutrition. Every type of animal has their own unique needs, so ask your vet for recommendations. Get specific advice on safe and unsafe foods, portion sizes, supplements, and, of course, suitable treats.

Keep Your Pet Comfortable

Make sure that your pet is comfortable and cozy. If you have a canine or feline companion, offer lots of comfy beds and napping spots. If your pet lives in a tank or cage, make sure it’s roomy, safe, and clean. Good grooming is also important.

Veterinary Care

Proper veterinary care is very important to your pet’s health and well-being. Most pets should come in at least once a year. In between visits, stay up to date with recommended home care, like dental care and parasite control. It’s also important for you to be able to recognize potential symptoms of illness. While these can vary from pet to pet, there are a few common ones, such as unusual vocalizations or behavior, reduced appetite, and changes in waste. Ask your vet for more information.

Safety

Always put your pet’s safety first and foremost. Make sure your animal companion doesn’t have access to toxic plants; chemicals; plastic wrappers and ties; small or sharp items; chemicals; and/or medications. If you have a bird, it’s also important to make sure the air in Polly’s room is always clean, and avoid exposing her to dangerous vapors or fumes. Ask your vet for more information on making your home safe for your pet.

We look forward to providing your pet with excellent care in 2017 and beyond. Please contact us, your Sugar Land, TX pet hospital, anytime.

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