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Hopeful Henry: New Year’s resolutions for people with pets

It’s a new year and a great time to set some New Year’s resolutions. I thought I would give some suggestions that will not only benefit you but your pet, as well.

Plan for the wellness of your pet this year. Just like people, your pet needs a yearly check-up to maintain good health.

By taking fluffy to the veterinarian at least once a year for a routine check-up and blood work you can catch any medical issues your pet may have early. Not only could this save the life of your pet but the sooner a medical issue is caught the sooner you will have a healthier, happier pet. Make sure you take care of the general maintenance of your pet, such as nail trims, it’s much cheaper to spend $15 to $20 on a nail trim every couple of months than to let it go and have to spend upward of $300 with your veterinarian when the nails have overgrown to the point of needing more extensive treatment.

Start a pet emergency fund. Sometimes owning a pet can be costly if an accident happens or major illness occurs. Put aside $20 a month or consider pet medical insurance. For about $25 a month you can get reimbursed about 80 percent of your veterinarian expenses (excluding general check-ups). This comes in handy when your looking at a $2,000 veterinary bill because Fluffy ate a corn cob and needs emergency surgery.

Have a healthier New Year. Rather than just letting your pup out in the backyard to do his/her business, take him/her for a walk. You’ll be giving your pup the exercise he/she needs as well as giving yourself a chance to work off some of those extra pounds put on over the holidays.

Make a commitment to walk your dog on a leash, which will keep the dog safe from cars and other dangers that put your pup in harms way. Also when walking Fluffy make sure to take along a some poop pick-up bags. Cleaning up after your pup is not only the right thing to do, but helps keep other animals safe from illnesses spread by feces. It also helps keep our lake clear and clean.

Vaccinate your pet. Make a commitment to make sure your fury family member is fully vaccinated! So many illness can be prevented by vaccinations. Especially important is making sure your dog is current with parvo vaccinations. Parvo is popping up around the lake and is a horrible illness, which often leads to death. An expensive veterinary bill and a sick dog can all be avoided with proper vaccinations.

Hoping you all have a healthy and prosperous 2015.

Don’t forget it’s time to pick up your “Tahoe Pets” calendar and playing cards. The calendars are $15 this year, so come on down to the office and get yours today. It’s super cute and a great way to support the Lake Tahoe Humane Society. You can also enter for next year’s calendar in person or online at http://www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org just click on the “Calendar” link.

Submit questions or letters via email to HopefulHenry@LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org or by mail to P.O. Box PET South Lake Tahoe Calif. 96158. The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA now has a Facebook page, so stop by and check it out at http://www.Facebook.com/LakeTahoeHumane SocietySPCA. You can also become a Facebook friend of HopefulHenry at http://www.Facebook.com/Hopeful.Henry.

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