Keep your furry family members safe and healthy all year long with a few simple tips from area veterinarians. Obesity and improper nutrition are the easiest ways to lose your pets at a young age. Don’t be an oblivious puppy parent: Live and learn from the people who know your pet’s needs best.
The Big Bad Woof
Hours: Mon to Fri –10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat and Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nutrition is an important component in keeping your pooch healthy. The lack of a proper diet can affect the dog’s coat, activity level, weight and gastro function. Choose pet foods that offer high-protein (meat as the first ingredient listed), low-additive formulas. Whole grains and sweet potatoes beat out corn and corn meal every time.
Brighter Days Dog Walking Collective
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Price: $16 per walk single dog/$20 per walk two dogs/$60 per day for dog watching one dog/$80 per day for dog watching two dogs/$15 per visit for any number of cats
Obesity-related illnesses kill of pets as well as their people. The amount of routine exercise necessary for each dog is based on its size, breed and age, but all dogs need exercise to prevent boredom and obesity. On average, a dog should exercise at least once a day.
Dupont Veterinary Clinic
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fri – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If plaque and tar build on dogs teeth, it can cause serious health problems, even death. Brushing on a regular basis and using oral rinses are preventive steps to keep your dogs’ breath smelling good and keep owners apprised of broken teeth and dangerous abscesses.
Fur-Get Me Not Self-Serve Dog Wash
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri – 9 a.m. to noon; Tues and Thurs – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sat and Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Grooming is a must for every dog, whether it’s a simple scrub down or an extensive two-coat brushing and trimming. Grooming routines not only keep dogs healthy and smelling good, they strengthen pet/parent bonds. Prevent skin infection, itchiness and painful nails by staying on top of trimming.
Warning Signs and Wellness
Glenvilah Veterinary Clinic
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun – closed
Be aware of the warning signs. If dogs suddenly lose or gain weight dramatically, have trouble with urinating or defecating, or suddenly become listless, call the veterinarian. Most are happy to answer questions, especially if they’re familiar with your pet and its risk factors.
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