"Fall" Into Doggy Health & Wellness

OK so the kids are back in school, fall is just around the corner, before you know it we’ll be dressing up for Halloween, stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey and making holiday wish lists…WOW does time fly!

In all the chaos, don’t let the health and wellness of your 4-legged family members fall by the wayside. Yearly vet visits and keeping up to date on shots are as important to your dog’s health as feeding them a nutritional diet.

Did you know that heartworm can be a very serious problem for dogs, especially in mosquito-infested areas? Heartworm infection can kill or seriously debilitate infected pets because the worms live in the bloodstream, lungs and heart. The easiest way to ensure your furry loved one never has to deal with the pain and suffering of heartworms is to by using a year-round preventive program, available with a prescription from your veterinarian.

A yucky-but-true tidbit about New England: we have the highest concentration of ticks in the United States. (Not a bragging point, I understand) But it’s easy to keep your pup tick-free and therefore minimize his risk of contracting Lyme disease by making sure you pup is protected with any number of flea & tick products, AND making sure to keep his Lyme vaccination up to date.

Other typical vaccines include DHCPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Coronavirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus), Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Leptospirosis and of course Rabies. In addition to being effective methods of prevention, most boarding kennels, doggie-day cares and even training programs require your pup to be fully vaccinated and up-to-date to join. And it goes without saying that bringing your dog to the vet for yearly physicals is beyond just a good idea, it’s responsible pet ownership.

So before you serve the trick-or-treaters or get lost in the holiday spirit, remember to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to give your vet a call and make that appointment. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to test your smoke & CO2 detectors!