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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Pet Healthy in 2017

January 1, 2017
Happy New Year! As we move ahead into 2017, many people are reflecting back on 2016 and setting new personal goals for the coming year. Improving personal health is a top priority for many people, and with good reason! If you are making resolutions today, why not include your pet in your list of priorities? Here, an Ellicott City, MD vet lists some great ways to keep your pet happy and healthy in the coming months.


Our animal companions are very playful and curious. These two traits are definitely adorable, but they can get Fluffy and Fido into trouble! A bit of prevention can really go a long way when it comes to preventing injuries. Do some basic petproofing: remove, secure, or protect toxic plants; wires and cords; plastic bags, wraps, and ties; small items; sharp objects; chemicals; medicines; and anything with dangling rope or thread. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Regular Veterinary Exams

Proper veterinary care is very important! Most dogs and cats should see the vet about once a year, though some pets will need more frequent visits. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.

Offer Good Foods

One of the best things you can do for your furry pal is to make sure that they are getting proper nutrition. Give your four-legged friend nourishing, high-quality food, but don’t go overboard with fatty treats. Your pet’s dietary needs will change as they age, so be sure to consult your vet regularly.

Keep Up With Preventative Care

Preventative care is crucial to your furry friend’s overall health! Regular vaccinations are very important, as they protect pets from dangerous viruses, such as rabies. Flea and tick control products keep those disgusting, dangerous bugs away. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Good Grooming

Regular grooming won’t just keep your dog or cat looking cute: it’s also great for them. Regular brushings are very good for your pet’s circulation. They also remove dead fur, dust, and dander from your little buddy’s coat. This helps Fluffy and Fido stay cool in summer and warm in winter. For kitties, it also helps reduce hairballs. Please contact us anytime with questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care. As your Ellicott City, MD pet clinic, we look forward to providing your furry friend with excellent veterinary care in 2017 and beyond.

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