New Year’s Resolutions to Help Your Pet Live Longer

There are many things you can do to make sure your pet lives a long, healthy life. Contact the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County if you live in or around Ferndale, Monticello, Hurleyville or Liberty and would like to schedule an appointment for a checkup with one of our veterinarians. We have gathered a few resolutions to help keep your furry friend happy and healthy for years to come.

Get Your Pet Spayed or Neutered

Numerous studies show that cats and dogs that have been spayed or neutered live longer than those left intact. A major 2013 study done by the University of Georgia of over 40,000 dogs found that dogs left intact lived to be an average of 7.9 years, while spayed or neutered dogs lived to be 9.4 years. Another study done by Banfield Pet Hospital showed that spayed cats lived 39% longer and neutered male cats 62% longer. Our veterinarians are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding spaying or neutering.

Prioritize Pet Dental Care

Pets are not supposed to have bad breath. Bad breath is a sign of gum disease. Bacteria that form plaque on your pet’s teeth get into the bloodstream and can damage the heart, liver, and kidneys. Talk to our veterinarians about how to brush your pet’s teeth at home and what dental treats or foods should be given. Consider getting professional teeth cleaning for your pet once or twice per year.

Play With Your Pet More

Regular exercise not only helps prevent your pet from getting fat but also helps strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Buy a new toy and play for at least five minutes per day. Walk your dog five minutes longer than usual. Make sure you walk your dog at least three times per week. This way you can work on that resolution to get more exercise.

Eat Healthier

During your pet’s wellness exam, ask the veterinarian about your pet’s changing nutritional needs. Older pets do not burn calories as well as they could when they were younger. Ask about what food to give and how to gradually add it to your pet’s diet to avoid causing vomiting or diarrhea.

Contact Our Veterinarians at Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

If you have questions on ways you can help your pet live a long, happy life and live in the Ferndale, Monticello, Hurleyville, or Liberty areas, contact Animal Hospital of Sullivan County to speak with one of our veterinarians. We provide quality veterinary care and advice on how you can keep your furry family members healthy all year long. Call our team today at (845) 292-6711 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.