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Top 5 Pet-Related Resolutions for 2014

By  Dr. Patty Khuly

Every year it’s the same thing. You attempt to shape up, slim down, spend less, live more or quit something for good. So how about this year you resolve to do something you’ll easily achieve? For all you pet people I’ve got just the thing: Resolve to accomplish something on your pet’s behalf instead!

Interested? Consider the following five New Year’s resolutions I’ve devised (with my patients in mind, of course):

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1. Trim down. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 38 percent of humans made weight-related New Year’s resolutions in 2012. So why not extend that to our pets this upcoming 2014? We know that our pets are chunky and getting chunkier, so why not resolve to start trimming her down now? Not sure where to start? Ask your vet how.

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2. Get pet insurance. If you can’t afford a big vet bill in the event of an emergency, you may be facing the unthinkable unless you put a financial solution in place. My sister’s dog, Maddie, almost died of salmon poisoning last year, and had it not been for a $13,000 reimbursement to cover 80 percent of the cost of university-level healthcare, he’d have surely succumbed. Who can afford that kind of expense without help? Resolve to get your pets a policy this year!

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3. Walk your dog. If you’ve made resolutions to lose weight and never managed to keep them, consider that long-term weight loss is often more easily achieved when pet owners exercise with their pets. In his book Walk a Hound Lose a Pound, vet surgeon Dr. Phil Zeltzman evangelizes about this concept in a way that’s truly inspirational. So this year resolve to get moving in a way that’s both fun and doable.

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4 Take your cat to the vet. It sounds pretty basic, and yet a recent study conducted by Bayer in conjunction with the Association of Feline Practitioners found that 52 percent of owned cats did not see a veterinarian in the past year. Annual wellness visits for cats, though universally recommended by veterinarians to help prevent and manage serious disease, aren’t something most cat owners manage. Resolve to beat the odds and take your cat in this year!

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5. Start  brushing! I know, I know. You all hate it. But it works! You’d never think not to brush your own teeth, and yet you’d rather hand your pet a highly caloric, dubiously effective “tartar control” chew than whip out the toothbrush and spend 30 seconds brushing. What’s up with that? Resolve to fix that this year!

OK, so those are mine. What are yours?

December 29, 2013 at 8:44 pm Leave a comment

Walking the dog

I know that I’ve talked about the importance of walking your dog before.  Honey has reminded me of how much dogs love their daily walks.

Honey ready for her walk

Honey ready for her walk

She is the BEST dog to walk!  She checks out EVERYTHING!  There are lots of squirrels and cats in the neighborhood and she has to find them all :-).  It’s so much fun watching her snooping around.

Is there a cat back there???

Is there a cat back there???

Anyone home?

Anyone home?

And there are three spots along our walk where Honey loves to roll in the grass.  She’s very particular where she rolls.  The grass has to be soft, silky and cool.  It’s pure joy for her!

Rolling in the grass.  Feels soooo good!

Rolling in the grass. Feels soooo good!

As I walk along, I love looking at all the different kinds of architecture and landscaping.  Each yard is so unique.  There’s the one with the flamingos…


The landscaping varies from perfectly manicured


To au natural

DSC00514And everything in between.

One of the houses that I am amazed at along our walk is the one pictured below.  It has the most unusual fence.

Unusual fence

Unusual fence

Then I noticed that it has a globe tucked behind the tree

Can you see the globe?

Can you see the globe?

And then for the grand finale, there’s a palm tree in the yard!

A palm tree?  In Seattle?

A palm tree? In Seattle?

Amazing, right?  I wonder what I’ll find in the next neighborhood I’ll be walking in!

September 24, 2013 at 10:22 am 1 comment

Friday tip of the day – Walk your dog


A simple  walk can prevent many problems affecting your pets lives.  A routine daily walk can relieve boredom and satisfy a pet’s need for exercise both helping and preventing destructive behavior, helping to keep nails worn down, and helping maintain a healthy weight.

mt baker Harpo

I’m reminded every day how important walks are to my four-legged friends when I get the leash out and they get sooooo excited!  Harpo (above) practically jumps into his collar.  One of my clients referred to her dog “checking pee mail” and I thought what a great way to look at this.  I get tickled watching the pups checking out every nook and cranny where other dogs have left their mark.  I think that these outings are not only good exercise but such an important social time in a dog’s day.

So get out and walk your dog.  It’s even good for you 🙂


January 4, 2013 at 10:56 am 2 comments