Posted on 12-31-2012
Happy New Year from the
Doctors and Staff of the
Kalamazoo Animal Hospital!
The first of the year is a time for reflection, setting new goals and getting off to a fresh start.
Teaching your dog a new trick helps stimulate his or her brain, which helps to keep them more alert, satisfied and well-behaved. (Boredom, along with inadequate exercise, are common causes of dog behavior problems.) It’s also a great way to feel more connected with your pup. For safety’s sake, every dog should know “stay” and “come.”
Health Check Up.
A regular visit to your veterinarian is the best way to stay ahead of potential problems. Annual examinations of teeth, heart/lungs, and body condition overall will be less costly than waiting for a problem to develop and your pet suffering needlessly from complications of preventable problems. Having a good "baseline" of information about your pet also gives the veterinarian something to compare against and determine exactly what is wrong when something isn't quite right with your pet.
Brushing your own teeth is a habit, and it should be for your pet as well. Tooth-brushing helps reduce tartar accumulation and bad breath, and improves gum health. As with people, poor dental health can contribute to other health problems. Start slowly and gently to get your furry friend used to this new routine and work up to daily (or at least two or three times weekly) brushing. Always use a pet toothpaste and brush, never any dental products meant for people.
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