As the new year gets into full swing, it’s not just humans who can benefit from striving for better habits through setting resolutions. Our furry friends deserve a happy and healthy year ahead too. So, let’s dive into some paw-some resolutions that can help ensure your pet’s well-being in 2024.

Regular health check-ups

Just like humans, pets need regular health check-ups to ensure they are in the best possible condition. An appointment for a comprehensive check-up is the perfect opportunity to discuss vaccinations, dental care and any concerns you may have about your pet’s overall health. Our nurse clinics are ideal for this kind of care.

Weight management

Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for your pet’s well-being. If your dog, cat or rabbit needs to shed a few pounds, come and see us for a personalised weight management plan. Regular weigh-ins and adjustments to their diet and exercise routine can make a significant difference in their overall health and happiness.

Regular exercise 

rabbit being held by a veterinary nurse

Just like humans, pets benefit from regular exercise to maintain a healthy weight and promote mental well-being. All responsible dog owners ensure their pet enjoys daily walks and cats will usually exercise themselves. However, if your pet is less inclined get up and out, it’s important to experiment with new activities – like hide and seek for dogs and laser pointers for cats – to discover which they enjoy the most.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an excellent way to provide low-impact exercise for pets, especially those with joint problems or arthritis. The hydrotherapy pool and treadmill at our Bridlington small animal hospital offer everything from fun sessions to post-operative recovery programmes to help improve mobility, reduce pain and enhance overall fitness. Our pool is also heated to 30° C so it’s much more pleasant than other alternatives for your pet during the colder months. Read more on our hydrotherapy page

Mental stimulation 

Pets need mental stimulation to prevent boredom and anxiety. Enrich their environment with interactive toys, puzzle feeders and regular playtime. Consider introducing new activities or training sessions to challenge their minds and strengthen the bond between you and your pet. This could be “go find it” sessions for dogs, scratching posts for cats and hiding places and platforms for rabbits.

Socialisation opportunities

Pets, especially dogs, thrive on social interaction. Make a resolution to expose your pet to new people, places and other animals, always bearing in mind their temperament and whether the other human or animal welcomes the interaction. Whether it’s through doggy playdates, obedience classes or visits to pet-friendly parks, providing socialisation opportunities helps your pet become well-adjusted and confident.

Regular grooming

Cat having claws clipped

Grooming isn’t just about keeping your pet looking sharp; it’s also essential for their health. Regular brushing, nail trims, and dental care can prevent issues and contribute to their overall well-being. Schedule regular grooming sessions or establish a routine for at-home grooming.

Nutritional excellence

Quality nutrition plays a vital role in your pet’s health. Consider talking to one of our vets to create a well-balanced and nutritious diet plan tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Whether you choose commercial pet food or a homemade diet, ensuring the right mix of proteins, fats and carbohydrates is essential for a thriving pet.

Organise a pet health plan

Signing up to a pet health plan through our partner Vetsure is a cost effective way to give your dog, cat or rabbit preventative health care. This includes annual vaccinations, flea, tick and worming treatments and a health check twice a year. We also now offer home delivery of flea and worming treatments which are despatched when due, saving you a trip to our surgery and giving you a timely reminder that they are needed.

Remember, by setting thoughtful resolutions for your pet in 2024, you’re not only ensuring their physical health but also enhancing their mental and emotional well-being. Every pet is unique, so tailor these resolutions to suit your furry friend’s specific needs and make an appointment to see our team if you’d like our advice and support.

Here’s to a happy, healthy and paws-perous year ahead!

Published On: January 17th, 2024 / Categories: Latest News /

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