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Published: Tuesday January 16 2018 by Katie Borwick

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Many people start a new year by examining their own lives and implementing positive changes focused usually on health, fitness and happiness.

You may have done this in preparation for the new year, but have you thought about how you could improve life for your pet in 2018 and beyond? If you haven't, there's no need to worry as we've put together some tips to help you to give your pet the longest, healthiest and happiest life possible.

1. Review your pet's weight

One in three dogs and one in four cats in the UK are overweight. Just like humans, overweight pets are more likely to suffer from a range of health problems including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Most pet owners only weigh their pets when they take them to the vets and may not know what their pet's ideal weight is. If you are at all concerned about your pet's weight, book them in for one of our free weight clinics. Further details can be found here.

2. Make your pet part of your exercise routine

Ok, so this one only really works for dogs, but if exercise is a big part of your plans for 2018 then consider how your dog might fit into this. Particularly if you have noticed signs that your dog is in need of more exercise such as it being overweight, displaying destructive behaviour, restlessness or constantly attention seeking. As well as being good for you and your pet, spending times outdoors with your dog can help to strengthen the relationship between the two of you.

Be aware of the dangers of over-exercising, especially with younger pets. Contact your local practice if you have any concerns or need advice in this area.

3. Review your pet's diet

Whether your pet is at their ideal weight or not, it’s always a good idea to review what they’re eating. Focus on the quality of their food, the ratio of food to treats and amount of “human” food in their diet. Did you know that dogs require a total of 37 nutrients in their daily diet, and cats require 41? A good diet should provide your pet with all these vital nutrients.

At White Cross Vets, we recommend a Hill’s diet, which is available in our reception area. You can read more about nutrition advice for pets here.

Pets on our Complete Wellness Plan receive a 25% discount on Hill's food.

4. Join your pet to our Complete Wellness Plan

Our Complete Wellness Plan provides your pet with the best possible preventative healthcare at an affordable and cost-effective monthly price. Not only does it cover all the cost of your pet’s routine healthcare, it also includes unlimited free consultations and the most comprehensive annual physical examination available anywhere, providing us with the opportunity to discover the early signs of illness and disease. Do the best for your pet by focusing on prevention rather than cure.

Read more about the cost benefits of the Complete Wellness Plan below.

Click here to read more about the Complete Wellness Plan.

5. Spend more time on your pet's dental routine

We all know how important it is to brush our own teeth but did you know that it is equally important to brush your pet’s teeth. In order to prevent plaque build-up, you should brush your dog’s teeth at least every other day. For further dental advice, click here.

Unfortunately, 7 out of 10 pets over the age of three suffer from dental problems. If you think your pet could be one of them then take advantage of our free dental health checks. Click here to find out more.

If your pet does require dental treatment at any point throughout their life, you will receive 20% off the cost if your pet is a member of our Complete Wellness Plan.

6. Save money on quality pet care

By enrolling your pet in our Complete Wellness Plan you could save over £300 per year (for a cat or dog) and up to £50 for a rabbit. Notable discounts include:

  • Unlimited free veterinary consultations – never pay to see the vet again!
  • 50% off the cost of neutering
  • 25% discount on Hill’s pet food
  • 20% off all dental procedures
  • 10% discount on toys and treats

All White Cross Vets clients are also entitled to a 10% discount on Petplan insurance.  Are you making the most of this offer? Click here for further details.

Need help or advice? Contact your local practice

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