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December 31, 2012

Resolutions can help pets, too

Tonawanda News — A 2007 study, of New Year’s Resolutions, by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol, showed that 88 percent of resolutions fail, even though 52 percent of the people were confident in success. This year include your pet in a resolution that will be helpful for all parties involved.

Generally, resolutions are about improving one’s self. More doctor visits, more exercise and more healthy food items are good ideas for both us and our pets.

Getting a yearly check up with our doctor and our veterinarian is recommended. Having baseline vitals and a natural history on your pet can help prepare for sudden ailments and natural age-related disorders. Pets, being descendants of wild animals, are also great at hiding illnesses. Having a trained professional touch, hear and see your pet is worthwhile.

A specialty in medicine is dental work. Do you or your pet have morning breath? Does it last all day? Then one of you might need some dental work. Asking your veterinarian how to prevent dental disease by regularly brushing will be very beneficial. Catching dental problems early will inhibit serious oral diseases.

With many different toothpaste flavors on the market, you can no longer make the excuse that your pet will not like it. I know a handful of sea lions that brush weekly with fish flavored (for cats) toothpaste, so why not give it a try? Humans remember: The area that your toothbrush can’t reach (under the gum line) needs to be flossed regularly, ideally daily. So start a recurring dental routine for your pet and yourself at the same time. Protect those pearly whites.

Perch potatoes and couch potatoes alike, increasing exercise slowly is a great way to get in shape. I mentioned this observation a month ago, in regards to increasing the wellness of an older human/animal. Centenarians, those people who are living in good health over age 100, all had the commonality of being mobile. They all got up with vigor every morning and did something.

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