You might have some ideas about what your pet is thankful for, but what do you think your vet is thankful for? You might be surprised by how often pets and vets are thankful for the same things!
The Dog: I’m thankful for a big backyard to run and play in. I’m thankful for squirrels to chase and bark at.
The Vet: I’m thankful when pets have opportunities to exercise. Plenty of times to run and play makes for dogs that are physically and mentally healthy.
The Cat: I’m thankful for long naps in my warm bed. I’m thankful that no one disturbs me while I’m taking my nap.
The Vet: I’m thankful for cats with enough resources to have their needs met. That means appropriate litter boxes, plenty of water sources, things to play with, and comfortable resting places. Having adequate resources reduces a cat’s stress level, and can prevent stress related diseases such as behavioral inappropriate urination and lower urinary tract inflammation.
The Dog: I’m thankful for food! Milkbones, foods, treats, snacks, and dinner!
The Vet: I’m thankful for owners who choose healthy diets and snacks for their pets. I’m also thankful for owners who keep their dogs and cats from eating too many of their favorites snacks. A treat should be just that… a treat.
The Cat: I’m thankful for my lovely coat, and I’m thankful for my daily hair maintenance routine. Who needs shampoo when you have a nice rough tongue!
The Vet: I’m thankful for cats who are able to groom themselves. I see it as a warning sign when a cat stops grooming themselves. It can suggest joint pain, illness, or even obesity.
The Dog: I’m thankful for my daily walks, my visits to the dog park, and my social routine at Doggie Day Care. I’m thankful for other dogs to play with, and for the ability to stretch my legs.
The Vet: I’m thankful for dogs who get to interact with other dogs and with other people. There is a lot of benefit both mentally and physically. This is why I recommend vaccines! One coughing pup can be risky to everyone!
The Dog: I’m thankful for my human. I love when my human scratches my ears, rubs my belly, fills my bowl, and takes me for walks. I’m thankful for when my human comes home and I get to wag and bark and wiggle for joy!