Does your pet get the winter blues?
Do you find your pet being irritable, sleeping too much, and gaining weight?
Here’s what you can do to help battle cabin fever!Encourage play time!
Cats love to play. Make toys, drag enticing objects around-it’s as easy as batting around a wadded up piece of paper. Anything to keep them busy and burning energy! Have a perch by the window for your cat to watch the birds-free entertainment! For dogs, games like tug-of-war, wrestling, and playing hide and seek can make for a great workout!Recalculate food quantities!
If your dog or cat is not very active indoors, this means they don’t have to eat as much. Less food means less weight gain and more energy! An overweight pet can lead to many health issues.
Enhance scents around the house!
Scented goodies keeps dogs busy while searching for a treat. Cats like toys and scratching boards with catnip!
Dogs love a good romp in the snow for short periods of time. Keep a watch out for ice forming between your pets’ paw pads. Oh, the weather outside is painful - Arthritis in pets
During the winter as outdoor activity declines in people and pets, unused joints are often stiffer and more painful. There are many treatments available for arthritis: Welactin
–Omega 3 fatty acids with fish oil, Dasaquin
-glucosamine and chondroitin, medications for arthritis (NSAID’s
) and pain relief (these are monitored closely by the veterinarian), and cold laser therapy
. MVC will fit the best treatment(s) for your pet, as treatments are not a “one size fits all”!Cold Laser Therapy
is a non-invasive, painless, and side-effect free therapeutic treatment offered by MVC for your pet. It has offered a new lease on life for countless senior pets suffering from arthritis and degenerative joint disease. It uses a beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissue without damaging it. It induces a biological response in the cells which leads to reduced pain, reduced inflammation and increases the speed of healing. Most treatments only take a matter of minutes. Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Treatments vary in time, complexity and costs. Laser therapy can also be used to enhance other treatment plans recommended by MVC. Please call us to schedule a consultation to discuss if your dog or cat could benefit from this wonderful new treatment. Take advantage of our Laser Therapy Special!3 treatments plus 1 FREE for $99.00!
So what can you do at home to keep your pet healthy, happy and comfortable? Keep your pet at a healthy weight. Even mild levels of obesity have been shown to cause premature arthritis or worsen existing arthritis. Keep your pets’ joints moving with exercise! Practice News3rd Annual “Giving Tree”
MVC is accepting food, treats, bedding, toys, and monetary donations to help local animal welfare groups through December 30th! With each donation, pick out an ornament to hang on tree in memory of a past pet or your current pet! Holiday Delights!…are not so delightful for your pets! Visit www.aspca.org for holiday safety tips!
ASPCA Poison Control 888-426-4435
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Your best friend, our best medicine.