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Health Tips from American Animal Hospital Association!

Posted Feb 03 2010 12:37pm

Aaha pic  During these economic times, some pet owners are waiting longer than usual to schedule appointments with their veterinarian. But small health problems can escalate into larger issues that become more serious for the pet down the road. For optimum health and wellness, all pets should have a veterinarian exam at least once a year. For many pets, more frequent visits may be needed.


A few tips from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA):

·         By getting your pet’s weight down, you can help their life expectancy go up. To find out if your pup is too plump, consider consulting a veterinarian.

·         Pets often hide that they’re hurting. By addressing common issues like arthritis, you can help them live to a comfortable old age. Don't wait to find out if small signs are part of a larger problem.

·         Many parasites found on pets can be transmitted to humans. With the year-round preventative measures your veterinarian recommends, you can stop parasites from getting a free ride.

·         An annual check-up is like going to the doctor once in seven years. With a veterinarian’s careful screening, you can catch problems early and keep everything rolling along


Hospitals accredited by AAHA - the only organization that accredits veterinary practices in the U.S. and Canada - are evaluated on 900 quality standards that encompass all aspects of pet care. They are committed to taking extra steps for ensuring that pets live a long, healthy and happy life.


AAHA also wants to help pet lovers celebrate the fun side of pets! On Sunday, February 7, tune into Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl VI to see puppies at play. The Puppy Bowl is an annual event during which a team of puppies playfully competes on a miniature football field. It has football-themed action (puppy penalties, fido first downs), unique field-level perspectives and many more entertaining features. AAHA and Dr. Elisa Mazzaferro (Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Wheat Ridge, Colo.) will answer pet owners’ questions and provide commentary live during the game (3-5 p.m. EST) via Twitter @HealthyPet. I hope you and your readers can tune in!


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