A new year is upon us, and we think it’s time to start setting some goals for 2018! We know that you’ll be creating some goals and resolutions for yourself, but we also believe it’s important to set goals for your pet. We have a few helpful tips to get you both started on the right foot in the new year. The entire team at Oxford Veterinary Hospital wished you a happy and healthy new year!

1. Preventive health should be a big focus for your pet.

We at Oxford Veterinary Hospital believe strongly in preventive care and have developed wellness protocols for every stage of your pet’s life. A preventive examination includes an evaluation of all of your pet’s major organ systems. We’ll use the preventive visit to ask you questions about your pet’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due.  If your pet seems healthy, a preventive examination gives us the opportunity to analyze and record baseline values, such as temperature, body condition, and lab work. We measure these when your pet is healthy, to provide better care in the event of illness or emergency. A dental health exam and a weight check are always important parts of a wellness exam and may indicate problems that can progress rapidly and can have a significant impact on your pet’s overall health.  Early detection and correction of medical problems will help to ensure that your pet will love a long, healthy and active life.

2. Stay focused on your pet’s health.

You love your pet, but it’s time to take it to the next level. It’s up to you to notice when something isn’t quite right with them, and we’ll be here to make sure that they’re okay. This year, pay close attention to your pet’s health. What does your pet eat? How much does your pet eat? Be aware of your pet’s nutrition so you can keep her at a healthy weight and so she can get the appropriate nutrients for her lifestyle. Nutrition affects more than just weight!

3. Include your pet in exercise routines!

Over 80 million pets in the United States are obese. If you have a dog, plan longer walks and adventures! They’ll love the exercise, attention, and bonding with their favorite human. If you have a cat, break out the laser pointer and mouse-on-a-string toys and have at it! Your pet will be so happy that you’re spending the time to play with them. Plus, the exercise is good for you too!

If you have any questions or would like to talk to us about your pet’s resolutions for 2018, please contact us!