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petplan pet insurance presents: get healthy - a new year resolution

  • Jules
  • Posted by Jules Benson on
    Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Petplan

It’s that time of year again – the time when resolutions are made. Usually, much to the pleasure of fitness clubs around the world, most resolutions involve shedding a few pounds. But not only is the New Year a good time to think about getting yourself healthy, it’s the perfect time to factor your beloved cat and dog into the equation – both physically AND financially. Here are a few helpful tips to start making this New Year healthier and happier you and your four-legged friends:

Talk to your vet

Before you start your best friend on a new exercise regimen, talk to your vet and make sure your animal is healthy enough for an eight-mile jog or to endlessly chase that fake mouse. In some instances, your pet’s weight gain may be due to a medical condition, like thyroid disease. Fortunately, your vet can test for and manage many conditions that contribute to weight gain. If your pet’s weight gain is due to too much food and not enough exercise, your vet can recommend a balanced approach to weight loss for your pet.

 

Set Goals

Don’t expect him to lose the weight overnight (we’re in this for the long-haul people!). By working with your vet, you can get an accurate idea of how much your pet should eat and exercise in order to lose weight.

 

Get Going

Every time you put on your sneakers, grab the leash and get your pooch and their paunch moving with you. Or, if it’s your cat that could use some shedding, strings and stretching go hand-in-hand. Just think, when you need some exercise, they probably do too.

No Binging

It’s all about calories, folks. That scrap left on your plate may look delicious but it’s not going to help with Rover’s waistline. No more scraps or table food. (Regardless of how much they beg.)

Stretch your Dollars, Not his Waistline

Keeping your pet physically fit will keep his medical bills down. But should an accident, illness or injury occur, having a Petplan pet insurance plan in place will allow you the financial freedom to pursue the best treatment available. It will also give you the peace of mind to know that you won’t break the bank should he break any bones.

By keeping your pet physically and financially fit in the New Year, you’ll be able to keep your pet – and your dollars – at home where they belong. 

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Pippa ElliottGuest Blogger of Petplan
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.