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National pet wellness month!

October is National Pet Wellness Month

This celebration is focused on certain things that pet owners can do to increase their pet’s lives.

For puppies and kittens

· Make sure your puppy or kitten receives all their booster vaccines from 6-8 weeks old until 4-5 months old. This can be determined by your veterinarian depending on what age you start their series.

· Have your puppy or kitten checked for intestinal parasites by bringing in a stool sample to your appointment.

· Have your veterinarian de-worm your kitten for intestinal parasites. Some of these parasites can be transmitted to people!

· Start new puppies on Heart worm preventative as early as 6 weeks of age and continue every month all year around. Heart worm preventative also de-worms monthly for certain intestinal parasites!

· Have your pets spayed and/or neutered to help pro-long their life span and decrease their chances of cancer.

· Microchip your puppy or kitten so if they become lost you have a better chance of recovering them.

· Socialize your young kitten or puppy so it becomes a well-adjusted and happy adult.

· Feed your pets a healthy diet and given them plenty of exercise and fun!

For adult dogs and cats 

· It is recommended that all adult cats and dogs are seen at least once a year but preferably twice a year. This allows you to monitor any subtle changes in their routines like elimination, water and food intake, activity and mental awareness.

· Brush your pets’ teeth daily. Preferably starting at a young age so it becomes routine.

· If your dog or cat has dental disease make sure to address it quickly so that it doesn’t lead to further conditions such as periodontal disease, heart and kidney disease.

· Update your dog’s heart worm test annually.

· Rule of thumb is when your pet reaches the age of 7 years; they are entering their senior years. It is important to see the veterinarian so that you can have a senior blood panel and urinalysis performed so that you have a baseline of how healthy they are now so that if something changes, your vet has results to go by.

· Update your pet’s vaccines annually and/or every 3 years, depending on your veterinarian’s recommendations.

· Have your cat or dogs stool checked annually for intestinal parasites. This is not just for puppies and kittens! There are a few intestinal parasites that can be transmitted from your pet to you so it is recommended that you do this each year.

· Feed your pet a proper diet and make sure they get plenty of exercise!

If you are looking for a trusted valley veterinarian click here: Veterinarians-Resources.

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