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National Heart Month for Dogs

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February is National Heart Month, and we know your dog’s heart health is just as important as any other member of the family. Here are some tips on how to help your dog have a healthy ticker.

Educate yourself on your breed of dog and if he is more susceptible to heart conditions. If he is at a higher risk, be sure to know the warning signs of heart disease. Some of the warning signs include coughing, difficulty breathing, weakness, weight loss or gain and a swollen abdomen.

A dog’s diet can play a huge role in maintaining heart health. A dog should always have a well-balanced diet of high quality ingredients and high quality treats should be given in moderation. Reading the labels on food and treats will help ensure that you know what is in your dog’s food, the nutritional benefits of the ingredients and provide feeding guidelines. An overweight dog’s heart has to work harder than the heart of a dog that is at an ideal weight for his breed.  

It’s a proven fact that exercise can decrease the risk of disease in humans and your dog is no different. Keeping a regular exercise plan for your dog will help to keep both of you active and healthy.

Regular veterinary checkups are crucial to ensure that your dog is healthy and has no signs of heart disease. A vet will be able to listen to his heart, perform any additional tests he may need and diagnose if something is wrong. A vet can also help you select the proper food and diet for him, as well as recommend an exercise plan.

What It Takes To Be A Responsible Pet Owner

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February is National Responsible Pet Ownership month.  Being a pet owner has many different meanings to everyone so how do you know if you’re responsible? We have created a list for you.

  • Before buying or adopting a pet, do your research. Animals have different personalities just as humans do. Some animals require more grooming than others. This takes time and patience. So make sure you find an animal that is the right fit for your family’s lifestyle before you make a commitment.
  • Chew-proof your home. Puppies and kittens are very curious and will get in to places that may surprise you. Household cleaners should be stored and electrical cords secured out of the way of sharp teeth and paws. Move breakable items out of reach.
  • Spay and neuter your pets. Studies show that spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier lives. Regular yearly visits to the vet are important, too. Rabies, distemper, feline leukemia and parvovirus vaccinations are just a few that require yearly booster shots.  
  • Use a pet ID tag. We try our best to keep our pets from getting loose but when it happens help ensure they get home safe and sound by using reflective waterproof ID tags or pet microchips. Contact your veterinarian for more information. 
  • Feed them right and give them plenty of exercise.  Overfeeding and inactivity leads to obesity and can cause health issues such as diabetes and early arthritis. Stick to a healthy feeding schedule, give your pets plenty of fresh water and make sure to get them moving!
  • Teach them to sit and stay. We realize that you may have trouble teaching your favorite feline to do this but we definitely recommend teaching Fido! This will make socializing with other animals and people easier and more enjoyable.

Just remember to give your pets lots of love, companionship and make a commitment of love for their lifetime.