It’s the beginning of a brand new year and the dogs and cats of The Ranch Pet Resort and Spa have finalized our New Year’s resolutions. With some debate, mostly from the finicky cats, we have decided to make these New Year’s resolutions a top priority, starting immediately!
We Resolve to Keep Up-to-Date on our Vaccinations
Vaccines keep us and those around us safe and protected from disease, and it’s a good time for our owners to make sure we are up-to-date.
While most dogs get the core vaccines such as Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, and Rabies, it’s important to check with our vet to discuss what other vaccines might be beneficial to us.
Since some of us are boarded or come for super fun play dates at doggie daycare, we also need Bordetella to keep us protected from kennel cough which is very contagious. But it’s a good idea to check with our vets to determine what other vaccines might be useful for our lifestyle. Click here for more information on vaccinations from Pet MD.
It is recommended that felines, aka cats, get the FVRCP and rabies vaccines. FVRCP stands for Feline rhinotracheitis virus/herpesvirus, Feline Calicivirus, and Feline Panleukopenia. Those are some big words and some bad diseases, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on our shots!
Depending on whether we are indoor, outdoor, senior or young cats determines how often we get our shots. If we are being boarded or going to experience a stressful situation such as traveling, it’s also recommended that we get a booster 7-10 days prior to the event. (source)
We Resolve to Stay in Shape
Over the holidays, we may have had a few too many treats and tasty snacks! With the cold weather and rain, we may not have had as much exercise as we need to shed those unsightly pounds and ounces. Plus, being overweight is just not healthy for us!
To solve the battle of the bulge, we resolve to run more and chase balls, sticks, toys, feathers, fake mice, lights, leaves and anything that moves, including our owners!
We shall wrestle with our pals at The Ranch during doggie playtime and chase our tails whether we’re dogs or cats! No cat tree will go unclimbed, no flimsy object left unattended will go un flicked with fluffy cat paws; no path will go un-walked; no box will go undiscovered.
We resolve to nap with purpose after we take our morning strolls and groom ourselves.
We promise to wake our owners first thing in the morning with wet, slobbery kisses and lead them to our leashes, walk across their faces and chests, and lick them or stare at them until they awaken to care for our needs or take us to The Ranch Pet Resort and Spa.
Together, we promise to look and feel our best which makes for healthy, happier pets.
We Resolve to Behave
A few of us need to work on our manners, so we resolve to behave. That means we will try really hard not to jump on or climb on counters even if there is tasty food. We will sit, stay, lie down on command, walk well on our leashes, and keep your hands out of our mouths-puppies, are you listening?
We will do our doggie business outside, even in the rain, and we will use our litter boxes each and every time.
We will do our very best not to mark our territories, which may or may not be your walls, curtains, carpets, plants, etc. out of anger or disproval of the upheaval of visitors during the holidays.
We will aim to be good dogs and cats and make our owners proud!