Welcome to your Medivet Healthcare Plan (MHP) newsletter, where you can find helpful information about your healthcare plan. This quarter we focus on the importance of a healthy diet and keeping fit, and kitten and puppy care. You can also find details about our free health checks!
The start of the year is the best time for keeping fit and ensuring you and your pet are eating the correct diet. Your dog’s exercise needs are based on their age, breed, overall size and health. Try to spend between 30 minutes to 2 hours each day exercising them, either by walking, bike rides or playing fetch.
Advice from our vets: as long as you are both dressed for it, most dogs are happy to go out whatever the weather. This is clearly the case for Sunshine (pictured) who loves muddy walks in the field all year round.
Cats also need regular exercise to keep them leaner and healthier so their muscles can support their joints. Cats of all ages will benefit from regular exercise.
They love to be outdoors or jumping around their scratching trees, much like Zeus (pictured) who loves jumping on the garden climbing frame.
Cats love variety so a handy tip is to create a mix of new games and toys for them.
You should try to spend 10–15 minutes a few times each day engaging your cat in some form of activity, helping them stay happy and healthy.
Always check with your vet which exercise programme is most suitable for your pet.
Feeding advice: every pet is unique and your vet will be able to give you tailored advice to make sure they receive the best nutrition. We offer a generous voucher scheme on Hill’s and Royal Canin diets, and with the Medivet Healthcare Plan, you will receive an additional 10% off these diets. Weighing your pet on a regular basis is also important so please call your local Medivet practice, or pop in for a chat, to check your pet’s weight.
No matter the age of your pet, we all want to make sure they are living happy and healthy lives, so we need to be aware of any problems which may prevent this. As a member of the Medivet Healthcare Plan, your pet will receive comprehensive health checks when they come in for their annual booster, as well as an interim health check every six months, and 10% off veterinary care and medication.
Our pets’ hearts also need to be checked regularly to make sure they are still healthy. What better time to do this than in February, the month of love and romance.
Check out Maxwell (pictured) enjoying some well-deserved snuggles; he’s happy because his heart is happy!
Look at the sweet and affectionate Alfie (pictured); that is one happy and adorable pooch!
Conditions such as heart murmurs can often go undetected unless your pets are routinely examined by their vet.
Detecting heart problems before they cause symptoms means we can treat them much more effectively, and can tackle the issue before it causes any discomfort to your beloved companion.
Spring is a popular time to think about getting a new kitten or puppy, and there are so many details to consider before taking this important first step, such as socialisation, neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, and if they are the right fit for your lifestyle!
At Medivet, we offer FREE puppy and kitten health checks, where a vet will perform a thorough health check, leaving you secure knowing that your puppy or kitten is healthy from nose-to-tail. To book them in for a free health check today, contact your local Medivet practice!
Insurance will also give you peace of mind, knowing that they will help you take care of the bills, should your pet need veterinary treatment. We recommend Petplan® insurance and offer 4 weeks’ free insurance when you register your new pet. The Medivet Healthcare Plan is recommended alongside pet insurance as it provides a comprehensive preventative plan tailored to your pet to help keep them happy and healthy for life.
Lilly (pictured) and Lenny (pictured) are beautiful examples of happy and healthy puppies and kittens.
As well as dogs and cats, we can’t forget about our rabbit friends! It is important to ensure your precious bunnies are kept warm during the winter months; please remember to check that your rabbit’s drinking bottle or bowl of water does not freeze up during the colder months.
With spring coming, vaccinations are also important for rabbits.
Please note we are now recommending all rabbit owners vaccinate against the new strain of VHD virus, so please speak to your vet to discuss adding the RHD2 package to your MHP.