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Preventative Resolutions for Dog Owners

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! What better time to make a few resolutions regarding your canine companion’s health? Keep your dog happy and healthy with preventative care—your Omaha, NE vet tells you more below.

I Will Vaccinate

It’s much easier to avoid dangerous and contagious diseases—hepatitis, rabies, parvovirus, distemper, Lyme disease, and more—than treat them after the fact. Make sure your dog has been vaccinated appropriately and is getting the necessary booster shots on a regular basis to keep vaccines effective. Talk to your veterinarian if you need help.

I Will Provide Pest Control

Don’t let pests like fleas, ticks, heartworm, or roundworm infest your pet and cause problems. It’s safer and less expensive to provide your dog with monthly preventative medications to stop these critters in their tracks. Most dogs will do just fine with a heartworm preventative and a flea-and-tick medicine; call your veterinarian if your dog isn’t already on these products.

I Will Spay or Neuter

Did you know that spaying or neutering your dog early on in life is one of the best preventative care steps you can ever take? Not only does it prevent genital cancers, it makes other cancers like breast and prostate cancer far less likely. Even UTIs and other common health problems aren’t as likely to occur. Of course, spaying and neutering also helps to control pet overpopulation and reduce the number of homeless animals—what’s not to love?

I Will Feed a Great Diet

Feeding your canine companion a quality diet in the proper portion sizes is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep them healthy over time. Check with your veterinarian to make sure Fido’s current diet is adequate; if it’s not, you’ll want to upgrade! Your vet can offer a recommendation on an age-appropriate, nutritionally balanced food that suits your dog’s needs.

I Will See the Veterinarian

Don’t forget about regular visits to the vet’s office. It’s simply the best way to ensure that your dog remains healthy and happy over a lifetime! With regular office visits, your vet can keep track of your dog’s health and quickly catch any concerns, allowing for prompt and proper treatment.

Do you have further questions about your dog’s health or well-being? Does your pooch need vaccinations, pest-control medicine, or an appointment for an examination? Don’t hesitate to call your Omaha, NE animal hospital. Your dog will thank you!