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Healthy Pet Month Tweets

Each bullet point below represents a separate Tweet.  Please fee free to share the following Tweets during your Healthy Pet Week/Month promotion for your clinic.

Week 1

  • Know your pets. Keep them healthy, active and living longer with regular visits to their veterinarian.
  • Regular veterinary visits are important to pet health. Examination of joints, skin, teeth, ears, eyes are just as important as preventative care!
  • If your pet is slow to get up after laying down, avoiding stairs or no longer jumping, ask your veterinarian how to keep them pain free!

Week 2

  • Getting a pet takes preparation. Know who is going to care for your pet. Plan to for plenty attention and interaction time each day and learn the costs involved in pet ownership.
  • Ask your veterinarian about your pet’s physical, nutritional, medical emotional and cognitive needs!
  • Is my pet a senior?
    1. Cat > 11 years
    2. Small breed dog > 8 years
    3. Medium breed dog > 7 years
    4. Large breed dog > 8 years

Week 3

Week 4

  •  Add perches, ledges, shelves near windows. Throw in a bird feeder outside for Kitty to watch. Layer in a soft towel of a blanket = instant snuggle spot! Your kitty will love to watch the birdies all year long while sitting in a patch of sunshine
  • Get your scratch on! Cats sharpen their claws, stretch the muscles in their front legs, and scent mark objects when they claw things. To prevent damage of your good furniture, add a carpet square on a wall. Add a new scratching post or change up the angle of that old one. Some cats like variety so change up the texture too.
  • Let’s talk potty habits. Cats like variety. Some are ok with an enclosed litter box, while others wouldn’t step a toe in one. Some like the automatic cleaning types, others don’t. No matter what, Kitty behavior specialists say that you should use the largest possible box and have an extra box (2 cats = 3 boxes).
  • Cats like to feel protected when they rest or sleep. They will choose elevated locations if possible (think trees), shelves, closets. Providing places where Kitty can feel safe and secure will help them relax in their environment, feeling calm and well rested.
  •  In the wild a cat will hunt all day for it’s dinner. Feeding Kitty in multiple locations in your home will keep them moving while they “hunt” for food in your home. Make it a game and keep them guessing! Put 10-15 kibble pieces in a small bowl, in 5-6 unique spots in your house – on a counter, by the couch, near a window. Make them search your house for that snack.
  •  All cats need vaccines. Even the indoor ones. Vaccinating them for Rabies is logical. But talk to your vet about vaccines for Feline Distemper and Upper Respiratory viruses.
  • Multiple cat homes, or if kitty goes outside at all, offer unique circumstances. Your veterinarian can advise you on additional vaccines to protect them from Feline Leukemia or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

Week 5

  • Help improve your exotic pet’s overall health and live a longer life. Veterinarians also recommend yearly annual exams, blood work and fecal screenings.
  • Train your dog to sit, stay or lie down. Training is a great form of mental stimulation.
  • Create a treasure hunt for your cat by separating its meal into several smaller portions and placing them randomly in the house for your cat to find.

Additional Tweets

  • Your dog can’t dial a phone to call home when they get lost. Set them up for success with the proper identification. A Microchip can be implanted by your Vet quickly, easily and with minimal pain. But it will give you a lifetime of security.
  • Your dog’s social network isn’t just who he lives with at home. It’s who he barks at across the fence, its who she meets on neighborhood walks and who they visit with at the grooming parlor. Talk to your veterinarian about the best vaccination protocol for your dog.
  • Dog’s live so many different places today. Stand alone homes, apartment buildings, the suburbs and the cities. Vaccines for one dog will not be same as another. They don’t live in the same world – don’t vaccinate them the same. Talk to your Veterinarian and see what is best for your dog.
  • Every cat should be vaccinated for Rabies. Whether they live in downtown Chicago or the prairies near Ogden. Rabies is a virus that is spread by warm blooded animals and is spread by the spread of infected saliva. Don’t put your family at risk. Talk to your Vet today about protecting your cat, and your family!
  • Emergencies happen. Be prepared. Keep an up to date list of all of your pets vaccinations, medications and medical conditions. Talk to your vet for creating an emergency plan.
  • Emergencies happen. Are you ready? A well-stocked emergency kit will set you up for success when a problem comes up. Plan ahead. Talk to your vet about what you should put into your emergency kit so that no matter what you will be able to handle most situations.

Additional Tweet

#OneHealth finds the intersection between animal health, people health and environmental health. Ask your veterinarian to learn more about how that affects you!

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