The holidays are over at last, and we hope your family pets found lots of great treats and chew toys in their stockings this year! Now that we’ve rung in the new year, it’s a good time to start looking ahead to walks around the neighborhood, visits to the dog park, and playing fetch. But while you’re looking ahead and planning for all of that warm-weather fun, it’s a good idea to keep your pet’s good health in mind. 


At Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina, our veterinary team believes the best time to care for your pet is all the time. In this blog post, we’ll talk about some of the top reasons you should prioritize veterinary care in the coming year.


1.      Regular Pet Care Keeps Your Furry Friends Safe.

The biggest reason to make sure your pet receives regular vet care this year is to keep your tail-wagger safe and healthy. Many pet owners wouldn’t hesitate to bring their pals in if they show signs of illness. However, the best medicine is preventative medicine, and that means making sure your pet is up-to-date on pet vaccinations and free of parasites. Your pet’s paws can hide ticks, which can lead to illnesses. Regular visits can help make sure your pal is free of parasites and ticks. It’s also a good way to make sure any health problems are caught early on.


2.      It Keeps Your Pet Looking Good.

For many breeds and genetic profiles of cats and dogs, regular animal grooming is an important step to good health and good hygiene. When your pet has long fur, he or she may need a trim to say cool during the hot season. We can also keep their claws trimmed. While you’re here, make sure to schedule pet dental services. Healthy teeth are just as important for our furry pals as they are for their human friends!


3.      It Protects Your Family.

When you love your pets, there’s a good chance they go where you go. For most of us, that means making room on the bed, cuddling up on the sofa, and spending every chance you have giving your pet the attention she deserves. While some illnesses can’t be transferred from humans to pets, some can be. Keeping your pet in good health ensures that your kids can cuddle with them without picking up any unwanted health risks.


4.      It’s Good For Your Community.

Did you know that your community’s veterinarians actually play a vital role in preventing the spread of disease through a community? By helping limit the spread of diseases that can be shared by humans and pets, they help mitigate public health risks and outbreaks. Keeping your pet(s) up-to-date on vaccinations is a great way for your family to do their part in limiting the spread of diseases shared between animals and humans.


Visit Your Edina Veterinarian for a Regular Check-Up Soon!

Whether you’re taking a hundred Instagram photos of your pug sleeping or buying your bulldog a Star Wars t-shirt, we’re always showing our pets how much we love them. That’s why one of the most important steps you can take to show you care is to make regular vet visits a priority this year. 


Our Normandale Veterinary Hospital veterinary team loves keeping family pets healthy and happy, so your family can keep the adventures going for many years to come. Schedule your pet’s regular health check now, so you can focus on the important things this spring, like which parks to take your dog to. Connect with a veterinarian at 952-831-8272 or visit our contact page to schedule your appointment today.