Our companions give us so much and ask for so little. Show them how much you love and appreciate them this Valentine’s Day by giving them the ultimate gift of love: good health.
- Why wait until your furry friend is sick before seeing the veterinarian? Instead, take your companion to the veterinarian for a routine checkup at least twice a year (every 6 months). Routine checkups allow your veterinarian to detect medical issues early when they are easiest to treat and help keep your furry friend in top shape.
- Vaccines are important so stay up to date on the recommended immunizations to protect your companion from preventable illnesses.
- Parasites are more than a nuisance. They can cause serious health problems to your companion. Protect your furry friend from parasites and heartworm disease by using veterinary recommended parasite control and heartworm prevention products year-round. Unlike the products from the past, today’s recommended products are relatively safe, easy to use, and extremely effective.
- Keep your companion’s smile pearly white by brushing regularly with toothpaste specifically for your companion and by providing safe dental toys and treats to help keep their teeth healthy and clean. Also be sure to have routine dental cleanings with your veterinarian to ensure your furry friend is getting the best dental care.
- Prevent your furry friend from becoming one of the many missing and unidentified companions at shelters around the country by making sure they always wear a collar and ID tag and have a registered microchip. No matter how careful you are, you can never be sure your animal won’t get lost. Take every precaution to ensure that if your companion gets lost, they have the best chance of coming home to you.
- It’s more than just for looks. Keep your furry friend’s coat healthy with regular brushing and grooming.
- Lastly, nutrition and exercise are as important for your companion as it is for you. Provide high quality, appropriate food and plenty of exercise to keep your furry friend lean and fit.
So remember: when you are thinking about your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about your four-legged friends. Our furry friends give us unconditional love and companionship year-round and deserve a show of affection from you, too!
By: Dr. Ruth MacPete
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your companions.