Healthy habits for you and your dog

Starting the year as we mean to go on…



Kathleen Pohl - BVSc MRCVS

Kathleen Pohl from Zetland Vets in Bristol gives her advice on tip-top pet ownership, and discusses how The Pet Health Club can help you stay organised, as well as save money! 

“It’s the start of a brand new year, which means we’re all pulling our socks up, taking down our Christmas decorations and making goals for the next 12 months.


If you’re looking to stay organised this new year, especially when it comes to your dog and their healthcare, here are some handy habits to adopt. 


Start with the big things – get their vaccines booked in early! 


Save yourself the headache… book it well in advance! That way, if you need to make childcare arrangements or re-schedule your work meetings or other commitments, you have plenty of time to do so… and you won’t miss your dog’s appointment.


Vaccinations are crucial to keeping dogs protected against diseases like Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Distemper, Hepatitis and Kennel Cough. It’s important for their level of protection to stay up to date at all times. 


If you’re feeling super organised, why not end your dog’s vaccination appointment by booking in their next one for 1 year’s time?


Preventative health checks


Another great habit to get into is to bring your dog into the vets for a routine health check, ideally every 6 months. Think of it as an equivalent to human dentist check-ups or eye tests – even if nothing appears to be wrong, it’s nice to have your mind set at ease by a professional. 


Plus, if something is wrong, 9 out of 10 conditions are easier to treat when they’re spotted early. So it’s well worth bringing your pet in, even if you don’t have any worries.


Every month – flea and worm treatment


When it comes to the small monthly, weekly and even daily tasks, it’s really handy to create a routine. 


Dogs need flea and worming treatments every month; this not only keeps them free of itching and irritation, it also protects them from the secondary infections and diseases that parasites can spread. 


Whether you put it on the calendar or set yourself a reminder on your phone, aim for your dog to get their treatment on the same day of each month. Something memorable, such as the first or last day of the month, usually helps.


Grooming and maintenance


Daily tasks like grooming your dog’s coat and brushing their teeth are far more likely to get done if you nominate a particular point in the day for them. 


Top tip: brushing your dog’s coat or cleaning their teeth are great activities to do while watching TV. Also, the more often you do it, the less time each session will take – and the more used to it your dog will become!


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What is the Pet Health Club, and how can it help?


The Pet Health Club is a preventative healthcare plan for pets. It includes all their routine treatments for a fixed monthly fee. 


Instead of suffering one-off payments for essential treatments like vaccines and parasite prevention, you’ll be able to spread the cost – very helpful if you’re trying to stay organised or take control of your finances. 


You also get protection from Lungworm, plus great discounts like 20% off neutering, 10% off dentistry, 10% off pet shop sales and 25% off your dog’s food! Club members also get text reminders when their appointments are coming up, and even when it’s time for flea and worm treatment!


Care, control and convenience… New Year’s Resolution made easy? 


Visit The Pet Health Club Website to join online or to find your nearest of 500+ UK practices.


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