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7 Simple Ways to Be a Better Pet Owner This Year

January 15, 2021

Happy New Year! Are you making resolutions this year? If so, don’t forget about your beloved pet! This is a perfect time to revisit your little (or not so little) friend’s care regimen, and see if anything could be improved at all. In this article, a local Virginia Beach, VA vet lists some easy ways you can help keep your animal pal happy and healthy in 2021.

Regular Playtime

It’s always cute seeing animals running and bounding after toys. This is also a great way for your pet to get his daily workout in, burn off any angst he has, and spend time with his bff. (That would be you.) Carve out a few minutes a day for playtime. 

Good Grooming

No matter what kind of pet you have, it’s safe to say that they need some form of grooming. Dogs, of course, need the most, but kitties, bunnies, and even pocket pets also benefit from being brushed. Dental care and nail trims are important too!


Different types of pets have different needs here as well. With Fluffy, you’ll need to keep up with her litterbox. Fido may need regular baths and brushing. All pets, however, should have their bedding and dishes cleaned regularly.


Even if you’ve had pets all your life, there’s always more to learn about our animal friends. Do some research this year! You don’t have to go too crazy: just read a book, or subscribe to a few newsletters or magazines sites.


Pets are very, very good at getting into mischief. Make sure your home is safe for your animal companion by doing some petproofing. Remove or secure anything that could be dangerous, such as toxic plants, wires and cords, and plastic bags and ties. Ask your vet for specific advice. 

Veterinary Care

If there’s one thing that will make a big difference in your pet’s health and well-being, it’s regular veterinary care. Many of our patients should come in more often! Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule. 

Quality Time

Pets are always happiest when they feel loved and safe. Whether you have a fish, snake, dog, cat, or any other type of animal it’s important to interact with them daily. 

Please reach out to us, your local Virginia Beach,VA vet clinic anytime. We are always here to help!  

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