New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets
Pelham/Helena/Hoover area pet owners - New Year's Resolutions to keep your pets healthy & happy in 2017!
- Schedule two vet appointments this year- Pets need regular veterinary care to live long, healthy & happy lives. Seeing your pet when he or she is feeling good during a wellness exam gives veterinarians a baseline to use in case of trouble. We will update needed vaccinations and discuss early disease detection blood and lab tests.
- Discuss annual dental cleanings - Besides bad breath, poor dental health can cause pain and lead to heart, liver & kidney disease. Learn more about pet dental disease...
- Don’t skip 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 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.
- Consider training – Beyond learning sit, stay & come here, effective obedience training can help your pet become a successful member of your family. We recommend our sister veterinary hospital - Valleydale Animal Clinic - who has a Certified Dog Trainer on staff.
- Provide year-round heartworm prevention - Heartworms, a potentially life-threatening disease, is prevalent in Alabama because of mosquitoes. While treatment is available, heartworm prevention is safer, more cost effective & without side effects. All pets - even indoor - need to be on year-round heartworm prevention. We have safe, effective products available including monthly or quarterly pills, topical options or a 6-month injectable from the veterinarian. Learn more about heartworm disease...
- Help your pet be reunited if lost - 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. 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.
- Be mindful of what they eat - Talk with us about nutritional counseling for your pet. Certain "people foods" are toxic to pets - chocolate, avocado, grapes/raisins, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts and alcohol and any foods containing xylitol (artificial sweetner often found in peanut butter and desserts).
- Visit our online pet pharmacy & store - 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 the vet clinic, we understand your schedule does not always allow you to stop by. You can shop at your convenience 24/7 - shop now!
- Talk to us about our new Pet Laser Therapy
- Keep them looking & feeling fresh and clean - Regular bathing & grooming keeps skin, coat & nails healthy!
Thank you for letting us be your partner in your pet's health! Refer new clients to Oak View Animal Hospital - Each referral is a $10 credit on your account. We appreciate recommendations to other Pelham area pet owners.