Source: Susan Nelson, assistant professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
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WRAP 1: A K-State expert offers some New Year's resolutions for pet owners
SUGGESTED LEAD: 2006 HAS ARRIVED AND JANUARY IS THE PERFECT TIME TO MAKE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS -- NOT JUST FOR OURSELVES, BUT FOR OUR PETS AS WELL. LANICE THOMSON REPORTS.
IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE IT YET, YOU PROBABLY ARE AT LEAST THINKING ABOUT IT -- MAKING YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS. HOWEVER AN EXPERT AT K-STATE SAYS IF YOU OWN A PET, YOU SHOULD MAKE SOME GOALS FOR YOUR FURRY FRIEND TOO. DR. SUSAN NELSON, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE SAYS THE NUMBER ONE RESOLUTION PET OWNERS SHOULD HAVE IS TO TAKE THEIR PET TO SEE THEIR VETERINARIAN FOR A GENERAL HEALTH EXAM AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. . .
(Nelson :21 "Making sure that they're kept up to date on their vaccines, and have their general health exams. I think that's very important for pets. There are a lot of things that we find here that owners when they bring them in, aren't even aware was a problem for the pet, like ear infections or dental disease, those kinds of things. I think number one is getting them in for the vet at least once a year, older pets, twice a year at least."
NELSON ALSO RECOMMENDS PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR DOG OR CAT'S DIET AND HYGIENE, GETTING YOUR PET SOME IDENTIFICATION -- WHETHER IT'S A TAG OR A MICROCHIP -- AND USING FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION, EVEN ON AN INDOOR PET. LANICE THOMSON, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY.