New Year, New Resolutions for Pet Owners

Resolutions for pet owners can benefit your pet!

With a new year upon us, it’s natural for our thoughts to turn toward ways we can improve our lives. Becoming the best pet owner we can be may not be the most obvious choice for a New Year’s resolution, but even small improvements can have a profound impact on both you and your pet.

The team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates has some simple ideas for New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are sure to please your four-legged best friend.

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Those Precious Pads: Winter Paw Care 101

Winter paw protection is part of winter pet safety

Your pet’s paws are adorable, yet it’s easy to imagine they’re also tough-as-nails. After all, your pet uses them every day to walk, run, and play in all types of weather, and they don’t seem to be affected at all…right?

As it turns out, paw pads aren’t as indestructible as they might seem. Winter weather is particularly harsh and can wreak havoc on your pet’s paw pads. Fortunately, you can avoid dryness, cracking, bleeding, and injuries from toxic winter chemicals with proper winter paw care.

Winter Paw Care

A solid winter paw care plan begins with grooming. The hair around the paws should be trimmed regularly to prevent the accumulation of ice and snow in between the toes. Nails should also be kept short, as longer nails can force the paws to splay out, leading to problems with gait and increasing the opportunity for snow and ice balls to settle around the pads.

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Expert Advice: How to Remove a Tick From Your Pet

It's important to remove a tick the proper way to avoid tick-borne illness in pets

You may not think of autumn or winter as tick season, but here in Beverly Hills, ticks never seem to be dormant for long. It only takes one warm day and they’re active, ready to bite you or your dog. Tick prevention is important of course, and so is knowing how to safely remove a tick. Below, we’ll share our best tips, as well as some tick removal myths to avoid.

The Tick Problem

We all know that tick bites are painful and uncomfortable. But did you know that ticks also transmit serious and debilitating disease to animals and people alike? The tick species in our area are all capable of transmitting disease, but they need to be attached for 24-48 hours to do so. This makes removing them quickly very important component of preventing tick borne diseases.

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