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6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy This Year

January 1, 2021

Happy New Year! As we (thankfully) leave 2020 behind and roll on into 2021, many of us are setting personal goals for the new year. This is a great time to focus on self-improvement! It’s also a perfect chance to revisit—and perhaps revise—your dog care regimen. Here, a local Carroll, IA veterinarian lists a few ‘pawesome’ ways to keep Fido happy and healthy this year.


Playing is beneficial for Fido in many ways. It provides him with a great doggy workout, entertains him, and prevents boredom. It also allows him to work off any angst he feels … such as his frustration over the cat continually stealing his bed. Plus, it’s a great way for you to spend time together. Play with your furry friend daily!

Dental Care

Did you know that dental issues are one of the most common problems we see in our canine patients? Keeping Fido’s teeth in good shape is very important! Ask your vet for specific advice on doggy dental care.


Never underestimate Fido’s capacity for mischief, or his habit of eating, well, just about anything. Make sure that your home and property are safe for your pup! Keep things like shoes and purses off the ground. Also, search for and remove toxic plants on your property. The ASPCA has a list here .


Has Fido finished his petucation yet? If not, that’s definitely something to put on the list. It’s very important for you to be able to call your canine buddy back to you, or stop him from approaching potential hazards.


This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. Fido should be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. It’s also important to keep him leashed whenever you take him off your property. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure.

Veterinary Care

Fido may prefer a trip to the dog park over a trip to the vet’s, but he’ll be healthier, happier, and more comfortable if he’s up to date with his wellness care needs. In between appointments, keep an eye out for signs that something isn’t right, such as lethargy or a lack of appetite. Call us immediately if you notice anything wrong.

As your Carroll, IA veterinary clinic, we are here to help!  Feel free to contact us anytime!