Hoover area pet owners – Some easy but necessary New Year’s resolutions from Patton Chapel Animal Clinic to keep your pets healthy & happy in 2018!

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  1. Schedule two veterinary appointments this year– Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives.  The best time to bring your pet in is for a wellness exam. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble.  We will also use these appointments to update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests.
  2. Discuss annual dental cleanings – Besides just bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease. Learn more about pet dental disease…
  3. Don’t skip out on their exercise – Regular exercise maintains your pet’s healthy weight, builds strength and endurance.  Exercise reduces behavior & medical problems associated with inactivity.  Do not let the winter months keep you from jogging or walking your dog – most dogs will retrieve balls or toys for hours if you will toss it for them! Encourage cats to be active with toys or chasing laser pointers.
  4. Consider training – Beyond learning sit, stay & come here, effective obedience training can help your pet become a successful member of your family.  Starting early as a puppy or soon after you adopt is preferred, but training can be applied to all ages.  You can teach an old dog new tricks!  We recommend our sister veterinary hospital – Valleydale Animal Clinic – who has a Certified Dog Trainer on staff.
  5. Provide heartworm prevention – Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in Alabama because of mosquitoes. Heartworms live in the heart, blood vessels and lungs of an infected pet. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is much safer, more cost effective & without side effects.  All pets – even indoor pets – need to be on year-round heartworm prevention.  Patton Chapel Animal Clinic has safe, effective products available including monthly or quarterly pills, topical options or a 6-month injectable from the veterinarian. Learn more about heartworm disease…
  6. Help your pet be reunited if lost – Not microchipped? Microchipping is a permanent form of pet ID. Veterinary hospitals and animal shelters can scan a lost pet and obtain the owner’s contact information if implanted with a microchip. Already microchipped? Great! Make sure the information is up to date if you moved or changed phone numbers. Ensure ID tags are current also and securely fastened onto your pet at all times.
  7. Be mindful of what they eat –  Talk with us about nutritional counseling for your pet.  If they need to gain or lose a few pounds, we can recommend a food and exercise plan if needed.  Certain “people foods” are toxic to pets – chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetener often found in peanut butter and desserts).
  8. Enroll in our Healthy Paws Club – Annual wellness plans allow you to budget for your pet’s medical expenses but gives you peace of mind you are providing the best preventative care.  Healthy Paws Club includes FREE examinations, vaccinations and many more benefits!
  9. Groom regularly – Have you ever gone a month without a bath or shower? Two months? Six? No way! Your pets need regular baths, grooming and nail trims to maintain a healthy coat.  Bathing and grooming can identify and prevent skin and ear infections too.
  10. Visit our online pet pharmacy & store and check out your pet portal & app – You can refill your pet’s prescriptions and order food and supplies to be delivered right to your door!  While we always enjoy seeing you in our vet hospital, we understand your schedule does not always allow you to stop by.  You can shop at your convenience 24/7 – shop now!  Your pet portal allows you to view your pet’s medical history, request appointments and view upcoming appointments and services due. You can print your pet’s medical records to take with you while you travel.

Patton Chapel Animal Clinic looks forward to caring for your family in 2018 and being your partner in your pet’s health! Hopefully, these new year resolutions ensure a healthy and happy year for your pets!

We appreciate referrals to other pet owners!  Each new client referral is a $10 credit on your account!