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New Year's Resolutions for Your Pets & You

Around this time of year, lots of us are making resolutions and setting goals for ourselves. New Year's resolutions aren't just for people though, you can include your pets as well. We've picked out a few simple things you can do to help you and your pet have a healthy, happy 2014.

It’s estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of dogs and 31 percent of people in this country are overweight. The saying goes that if your dog is overweight, then you probably aren't getting enough exercise either. Getting the leash out and going for a jog is great for both of you, and what dog isn't excited about going for a walk!

Commit to Good Nutrition
Just like humans, pets who eat poor quality food suffer worse health than those who eat a good, balanced diet. Poor skin, coat, muscle development, and obesity can be a result of a poor diet. Remember also - pets aren't people, so a diet of table scraps is not healthy!

Have Regular Health Check Ups
Regular visits to your veterinarian is the best way to forsee and prevent potential problems. Having your pet's teeth. heart/lungs, and body condition examined annually will be far less costly than waiting for a problem to develop and scrambling to resolve it.

Spay and Neuter
Everyone loves puppies and kittens, but pet overpopulation is a very real problem. Spaying and nautering can also reduce the liklihood of your pet developing a dangerous and expensive-to-treat health problem.

Give Plenty of Love and Attention
This might seem obvious, but too many pets are left outside in all sorts of harsh weather conditions, often with very limited human contact. Indoor pets can also be neglected, ignored by owners with busy schedules and lack of time. Make sure you take the time out of your day to spend with your pets, you'll both benefit.

Want to learn more? Have questions about pet care, or need to schedule a checkup? <a href=/contact">Contact Capeside Animal Hospital today. We offer preventative care as well as a full range of surgury, dentistry, grooming, and microchipping services. <a href="/services">See our services page</a> to find out more about how we can help keep your pet healthy!