Get Your Pet Off on the Right Paw: 5 Things Pet Parents Should Do to Start 2023

At the start of the new year, we take time to reflect on the past and set goals for the future. But what about our pets? Often our furry friendly members cannot tell us when something is wrong, which makes it even more important to follow up on certain things annually. This is a great time of year for pet parents to think not only about their own health, but about their pet’s health as well. Dr. Isabela Marmolejo of Heart + Paw, has shared the top 5 things pet parents should do to set their pet up for a happy and healthy 2023.

tips for a healthy 2023

1. Check that Vaccines Are Up to Date

It is important to keep your pet up to date on their vaccines, so they are able to be around other dogs and people in social settings. Annual vaccines include canine parvovirus, canine hepatitis, feline calicivirus, feline herpesvirus type I, distemper, and rabies. You should also speak to your veterinarian about adding the dog flu vaccine as cases have been increasing recently.

2. Schedule Annual Vet Visits

Much like annual wellness exams for humans, our pets benefit from the same attention to detail by seeing their veterinarian. Senior pets will need some extra care, so it is recommended that they get bi-annual wellness exams. It is important to schedule any lab work your pet may need and begin a health history for your veterinarian to assess each year. Use the online form to book your pet’s vet visit at Heart + Paw!

3. Microchip Your Pet

Sometimes the grass seems greener on the other side, and our pets take off for an adventure! Microchipping your pet can help you find them quicker as vet offices and animal shelters scan incoming pets for a microchip to contact the owners. Many vet offices have microchipping events where you can receive the same services at a discounted rate. If your pet is already microchipped, it’s always a good idea to ensure your contact information is up to date and accurate.

4. Upgrade Their Hygiene

Start the year off right by investing in quality hygiene products that will keep your pets looking and feeling their best! From basic grooming brushes to shampoo and dental care, your pet will match your “New Year, New Me” energy. For a full-on spa day, take your pet to the groomer for a trim, nail care, teeth cleaning, and ear cleaning.

5. Take Preventative Action

Some veterinary centers, like Heart + Paw, offer prevention plans catered specifically to your pet. By evaluating your pet’s lifestyle, a preventative plan can be built to maintain their well-being and educate you on their current health. Pet parents can also look into pet insurance in case an emergency does occur. Other preventative actions that can be taken are giving your pets vaccines, flea/tick, and heartworm prevention medication to decrease the likelihood of them getting sick.


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Heart + Paw was founded in 2018 by Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. George Melillo, who currently serves the Mid-Atlantic area. Heart + Paw offers a combination of veterinary care, pet grooming, and dog daycare to help be a resource in your pet parenthood journey.

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