Does Your Pet Have A New Year’s Resolution?
It’s that time of year again when everyone is planning their New Year’s Resolutions, but what about resolutions for your fur babies? Now is a great time to set new health/weight loss goals for them. Whether your companion is already at an ideal weight or could use to lose a few. There are always things you can do to ensure they are at an optimal health level.
Basic Guidelines to Follow
*Make sure to schedule a health evaluation with your veterinarian. This appointment should include a comprehensive physical screen, complete lab work and a urinalysis. This will give a good overview on whether or not it is a maintenance goal, loss goal or if there are underlying medical issues such as hypothyroidism. It also will flag any medical concerns like high cholesterol or kidney disease. Knowing this will help determine what food and fitness changes are safe.
*Discuss any concerns and goals that you have, including options of incorporating your pet into your daily physical exercise routines.
*Set a realistic plan in place.
*What food should you be feeding, how often and how much (separating these feedings into premeasured plastic bags is a great time saver and guarantee they are getting the same amount each time) You should feed pets separately if you have a multi-pet home.
*Limit or eliminate extra treats.
*What type of exercise is needed? Can your dog handle walking, jogging, etc and how often and for how long? What type of play toys should be used to stimulate your cat to play (exercise), how often and how long?
*Look for extracurricular activities you can do with your companion to make it FUN! Check out dog parks, walking paths, agility classes, dock diving, have your pet certified as a therapy companion, local walk-a-thons, etc.
*Adding or continuing and medications. These also can be pre-placed in daily containers to save time and guarantee they are getting what they need regularly)
*Monitor and log weight loss weekly. You can even bring your pet in for us to weigh them if you want a little extra accountability and encouragement.
*Schedule a recheck appointment for 3-6 months after plan set in place. Follow your veterinarian’s guidelines for when this appointment should be.
We could all use a little help in reaching our full healthy potential. Let us help you get your pet off to a healthy and happy start to the New Year!!