Social Media

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and More

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. What social media platform are you and your members using?

If we take a look at the world’s Internet users, roughly half of them—every other person on the planet—use Facebook regularly. There’s no doubt that the majority of your members are in that group! That’s why we provide ready to use Facebook content that your practice members can share with clients.

Below are Facebook posts that can be used right now by your members! The posts are grouped together by medical topic and can be copied and pasted into any practice’s timeline. New posts are provided here every month. They are designed to encourage clients to schedule their pet's yearly checkup.

Do your members use Twitter? Below are tweets that can be used word for word by your members now. (No counting of characters is needed. We’ve done it for you!)

Finally, if your members are looking for content for their practice websites, they can stop their search. Below is a variety of website copy that’s ready to use too!

Encourage your members to join the Partners for Healthy Pets Practice Enrollment Program and these Facebook posts, tweets and website copy can be delivered to their inboxes via our monthly newsletter. It’s easy and FREE!

Social Media
Facebook Posts

Social Media: Facebook Posts Offer Instant Engagement


Connect with veterinary professionals and pet owners  - and help them connect with each other - with regular posts on Facebook.  Use the examples we've provided here as part of the Partners for Healthy Pets Special Care Instructions campaign, or create your own.  It's a great tool to use to talk about the importance of regular preventive veterinary care.



Facebook Posts: Kidney & Urinary Tract


The signs of kidney disease can be difficult to recognize in your pet. We can run a simple blood and urine test to detect potential problems so schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!
DYK…75% of your pet’s kidney function is lost before you can see signs of serious illness? This is the reason why early detection is so important! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today and start the New Year off right!
The best place for stones is in the dirt, not in your pet! Urinary stones are common in dogs and cats so let’s keep your pet healthy and schedule their yearly checkup today!
It’s that time of year for new beginnings… so if your cat has been urinating outside the litter box, enough! Schedule their yearly checkup today so we can examine your pal from head to tail. Let’s help your kitty get back in the box!

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Facebook Posts: Pet Obesity


Before you give your pet another holiday cookie, consider this: When your pet is overweight, they’re at risk for serious medical conditions. Schedule your pet’s annual exam today to check their goal weight. Let’s keep your furry friend healthy!
Pets can put on “holiday pounds” too! Those extra pounds can decrease your pet’s energy level, quality of life and even shorten their lifespan! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today before the festivities (and eating) begin!
If a 10-pound cat ate just 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, it would be the same as if a person ate 3 1/2 hamburgers! Gaining weight over the holidays is not just a problem for humans, but also for pets. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today with our trained staff so we can assess your pet’s weight and keep them on track!
It’s that time of year for holiday feasts and extra treats! But overfeeding your pet can make them overweight! Keep your pet well and schedule their yearly checkup today. Their health depends on it!

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Facebook Posts: Yearly Checkups


DYK: dental disease, diabetes, heartworm disease and obesity can all be prevented in your pet? It's the time of year to give thanks for the furry friends in your life. Keep your pet healthy and schedule their yearly checkup today.
How should you thank your pet for tolerating a very cute, Thanksgiving-themed costume? Schedule their yearly checkup! Their good health depends on it!
From teeth to tail, your pet gets a complete exam when they visit us for a yearly checkup. Make an appointment today and we'll make sure your pet stays healthy!
All pets have special care instructions: Feed daily, love forever and yearly checkups. We know you have the first two covered, but when did your pet have their last checkup? If it’s been over a year, it’s time for them to come see us. Schedule their exam today to keep them healthy and happy!

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Facebook Posts: Behavior


Sometimes your pet’s change in behavior may be due to an underlying medical problem (and not related to eating Halloween candy!) Let’s check out your furry friend so schedule their yearly exam today!
Lots of “old age” behaviors are due to an illness that’s hard to spot. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today. We can help!
It’s Halloween! If your cat is urinating outside the litter box, you’ll need more than a witch’s spell to change that behavior. Schedule your kitty’s yearly exam so we can get to the bottom of the issue! Call us today!
Does your pet chew furniture, scratch or nip? Let’s discuss training techniques and behavior changing strategies at your pet’s yearly checkup. We’re here to help! Schedule your appointment today!
 
Does the incessant doorbell ringing of trick-or-treaters frighten your pet? We can help! Schedule their yearly checkup today and let’s talk about ways to keep your pet calm and happy!

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Facebook Posts: Healthy Skin


To shave or to not shave? That is the question! It’s hot outside so should you shave your dog’s thick, long fur? Call us! We can discuss it during your pet’s yearly checkup. Schedule it today and let’s keep your pet healthy, happy and cool!
Did your pet lose hair? It may be from a tumble or from a fungus. Eeeew! That’s why we’ve got to check it out—schedule your pet’s annual exam today!

MYTH: That bump on your pet’s skin is little, so it’s nothing to worry about.

FACT: The bump could be nothing or it could be something of concern. If left unchecked, a little bump may become a BIG problem!

FACT: We’re committed to keeping your pet healthy for their entire life so let’s take a look! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!

Rashes, lumps, bumps and bald spots. We’ll check all areas of your pet’s skin during their yearly checkup—it’s important to their health! Schedule your pet’s annual exam today!

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Facebook Posts: Gastrointestinal Health


Does your pet have an upset stomach sometimes? The reason is not always from something they ate. It’s important to have us examine your pet from “mouth to stomach to tail” to keep your pet happy and healthy. Schedule their yearly exam today!
How many hairballs did you clean up this week? Too many! Make an appointment for your kitty’s yearly checkup. Let’s help you get things under control! We can help!
Some dog breeds are at higher risk of liver disease than others. Is your pooch one of them? Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today so we can feel the size and shape of this important organ. It’s essential to their health!
Did you know irritable bowel syndrome affects pets too? Keeping your pet’s digestive tract healthy is key to a long, good life. So let’s examine your pet—schedule your pet’s annual exam today!

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Facebook Posts: Healthy Heart


Did you know cardiac disease affects pets too? Keeping your pet’s heart healthy is key to a long, good life. So let’s take a listen to their ticker — schedule your pet’s annual exam today!
Some dog and cat breeds are at higher risk of heart disease. Is your pet one of them? Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today so we can listen to their heart and lungs. It’s essential to their health!
Has your pet’s heart been checked lately? It’s important to have us take a listen because heart disease doesn’t go away on its own and almost always becomes more serious over time. Together, let’s keep your pet happy and healthy. Schedule their yearly exam today!
It’s July and that means fun in the sun! But wait! When did we last see your pooch? Make sure they have a clean bill of health before the fun begins! Make an appointment for your dog’s annual exam today!

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Facebook Posts: Pet Nutrition


Lots of dogs start a diet and fail not because of overeating but because of an underlying disease! When did we last see your pooch? Make an appointment for your pet's annual exam today and let's check them out!
Pet food labels can be confusing. It's hard to know if your pet's eating the right food! Schedule your pet's yearly checkup today. We can help you figure them out!
It's June and that means BBQ season! But most "people" food is not good for pets. Keep your pet safe, happy and healthy. Schedule your pet's yearly checkup today!
DYK? If your cat is just 1 pound overweight, they may develop serious medical problems. Whose kitty can we help? Schedule your cat's yearly checkup today!

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Facebook Posts: Healthy Bones, Joints and Muscles


The best way to keep your pet moving and grooving this spring is to book their yearly exam. We’ll check those bones and joints from toe to tail—to make sure your pet is healthy, happy and ready to go!
Did you know that arthritis is as common in cats as it is in people? And it hurts! Make an appointment for your cat’s annual exam—let’s check your furry friend today!
Orthopedic disease is painful for pets of all ages. And sometimes it’s hard to spot! Let’s take a look—book your pet’s yearly checkup today. We’ll examine them from top to bottom, inside and out to make sure your buddy is healthy and happy!
A dog’s skeleton has an average of 319 bones! Infections, blood problems and even nutrition can affect how those bones function! Without regular vet checkups, these issues can be easy to miss and make your dog sick! Schedule an appointment for their annual exam today and let’s keep them healthy!

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Facebook Posts: Tick and Flea Prevention


Even if you check your pet for fleas, you may not know your pet’s been bitten. If fleas or flea bites are left untreated, your pet may get very sick! Let’s take a look—make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today to keep your pet healthy and happy!
Is your pet eating less? It could be a sign of a tick-related disease. Left untreated, your pet can become ill. Make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today to be sure your pet is in tiptop shape!
Checking your pet for fleas is tough—they’re hard to spot, especially in dark fur! Left untreated, fleas can infest your home, biting other pets and even people. Eeew! Schedule an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today—and let’s check your furry friend from head to toe!
Hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, oh my! Is my pet worm-free? Sometimes it’s tough to know! Let’s make sure your pet is at their best—schedule an appointment for their yearly exam today!

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Facebook Posts: Prevent Heartworm


It’s tough to spot the signs of heartworm disease! Left untreated, heartworm disease is dangerous for a pet! Let’s do a simple heartworm test during your pet’s yearly checkup. Schedule your pet’s annual exam today to keep them healthy!
Did you know a mosquito bite can be life threatening? Mosquitoes spread heartworms. Eeew! Even if your pet stays indoors, bites happen. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today, and let’s keep your pet safe and healthy!
It’s easy and affordable to protect your pet from heartworm disease. But treating heartworm disease once your pet has it is difficult, costly and can be life threatening. Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today and let’s talk heartworm prevention!

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Facebook Posts: National Pet Dental Health Month


Does your pet have bad breath? It could be a sign of something serious. Dental issues have the potential to damage not only your pet’s teeth and gums but also their heart and lungs! Schedule your pet’s yearly exam today—let’s keep them healthy!
Smile! Check out those pearly…yellows? Your pet may have dental disease! Left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for heart disease! Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today, and let’s take a look!
If your pet’s breath makes you cringe, it may be a sign of something serious. Show your pet how much you love them by scheduling their yearly checkup. We want to help you keep them healthy from mouth to tail. Make an appointment today!
How’s your pet’s appetite—still a chowhound, or eating less? Having trouble chewing toys? If you answered “yes” to these questions, your pet may have dental disease. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today, and we’ll take a look!

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Facebook Posts: Pet's Health


It’s a new year and time to check in on everyone’s health—even yours! Some illnesses that pass from pets to people are tough to spot. And left untreated, everyone can get sick! Keep you and your pet safe and healthy. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!
Does your pet go outside? Many diseases (not just rabies!) are passed from wildlife to pets to people! Let’s keep your whole family safe—we’ll check out your pet and do the right tests. Schedule your pet’s annual exam today!
You may not realize some infections can be passed from pets to people. Eeew! That’s one more reason why your pet needs a yearly checkup: to keep you and your pet well! Make sure your pet gets a clean bill of health. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!
Happy New Year! Start off 2015 right by checking your pet’s health…and yours! Even the best pet owners may not realize that they can get sick from their furry friend. Keep your pet well and schedule their annual exam today. Everyone’s health depends on it!

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Facebook Posts: Prevent Ticks


Ticks spread disease. And not just Lyme disease! It can take just one tick bite to make your pet sick. We can perform the right tests – so make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today and let’s see if a screening test is needed.
 
Just because you don’t see a tick doesn’t mean your pet hasn’t been bitten. Ticks spread disease. And the signs of tick-related diseases can be vague and intermittent. Left untreated, your pet can become ill. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today and let’s talk prevention!
Can you spot the tick? It can be tough – especially in dark fur. Ticks spread Lyme disease which, if detected and treated early, can be cured. Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today. We’ll do a tick check and see if a tick-borne disease-screening test is needed.
 
Is your pet tired, or is it Lyme disease? The signs of Lyme disease can be vague – and left untreated it can damage your pet’s kidneys. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today. We’ll check for ticks and see if a tick-borne disease-screening test is needed!
Is your pet eating less? It could be a sign of a tick-related disease. Left untreated, your pet can become ill. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today to be sure your pet’s healthy!

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Facebook Posts: Prevent Fleas


Even if you check your pet for fleas, you may not know your pet’s been bitten. If fleas or flea bites are left untreated, your pet can develop a skin infection, get tapeworms or even become anemic. We know what to look for and can perform the right tests. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today and keep your pet disease-free!
 
Rattling dog tags keeping you up at night? One flea bite is all it takes to make a pet itchy, scratchy and loud! Left untreated, itchy skin can get infected – which isn’t good for anyone. We’re experts when it comes to fleas and itchy pets. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today to keep your pet healthy, itch-free and quiet!
Checking your pet for fleas is tough – they’re hard to spot, especially in dark fur! Left untreated, fleas can infest your home, biting other pets and even people. And it’s expensive to get rid of them. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup today – and let’s talk flea prevention!
 
Just because you can’t see a flea doesn’t mean your pet hasn’t been bitten. One flea bite is all it takes to make your pet itch. Untreated, your furry friend can become downright miserable! We know the signs of diseases from fleas and can perform the right tests. Make an appointment today for your pet’s yearly checkup and keep your pet healthy!

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Facebook Posts: Winter Wellness


Did you know that cold weather can worsen some medical conditions like arthritis? So if you haven’t already, schedule your pet’s annual checkup – and make sure they’re as healthy as possible for the cold winter months!
Leash Lesson! Never let your dog off leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm, as dogs can lose their scent and become lost. More dogs are lost during winter than any other season, so be sure yours always wears ID tags!
 
Brrrr! They may be furry, but cats can still catch cold! Keep your cat indoors to protect your feline friend from developing an upper respiratory infection.
 
Winter Wipe Off! Be sure to wipe off your dog’s legs and belly when he comes in from the sleet, snow and ice. Dogs can easily ingest salt, antifreeze and other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking their paws, so dry Fido off even after a quick walk around the block!

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FaceBook: Here’s How to Post


  1. On your desktop computer, go to Facebook.com and log into your account. You’ll immediately see your News Feed. Above that is the Update Status box with a prompt asking "What’s on your mind?" You can also find this box on your own timeline page below your cover photo.
  2. Copy and paste the below posts into the status box. You can add a photo or encourage clients and followers to post their own photos if you wish.
  3. Click post! Your content is now visible on your practice’s Facebook page.

New to Facebook? Here’s how to start an account!

Visit www.Facebook.com/pages/create to build a Facebook page for your practice. Using these step-by-step instructions, you can easily build a digital community to interact with your Clients, their friends, and others to help build a following for your practice and start sharing Partners for Healthy Pets’ social media posts today.



Tweets

Social Media: Tweets Offer Instant Engagement


Connect with veterinary professionals and pet owners  - and help them connect with each other - with regular posts on Twitter.  Use the examples we've provided here as part of the Partners for Healthy Pets Special Care Instructions campaign, or create your own.  It's a great tool to use to talk about the importance of regular preventive veterinary care.



Tweets: Kidney & Urinary Tract


DYK 75% of kidney function is lost before signs of serious illness are seen. Prevention is key! Book your pet’s annual exam today! #pethealth
The best place for stones is in dirt, not in your pet! Urinary stones are common in dogs and cats. Book their yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Signs of kidney disease can be difficult to recognize in your pet. Book their annual exam today to keep them healthy and happy! #pethealth
Is your pet drinking more water than usual? It may be a sign of kidney problems. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today! #pethealth

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Tweets: Pet Obesity


Pets put on “holiday pounds” too! Let’s check their weight to keep them in tiptop shape. Schedule their yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Extra holiday food can make your pets chubby and that’s unhealthy! Let our team assess your pet! Schedule their annual exam today! #pethealth
A 10 lb cat who eats 1 oz of cheese is the same as if you ate 4 chocolate bars! Healthy weight=healthy pet. Schedule an exam today! #pethealth
Another treat? Make sure your pet is not gaining holiday pounds. Schedule their yearly exam today to keep them fit and trim! #pethealth

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Tweets: Yearly Checkups


It’s time to talk turkey! Yearly checkups are essential to your pet’s health so schedule their appointment today! #pethealth
DYK…dental disease is preventable in your pet. Schedule your pet’s yearly exam so we can keep them healthy from teeth to tail! #pethealth
Thankful for your pets? Show your love and schedule their yearly checkup! Let’s keep your pets healthy! #pethealth
DYK…obesity is preventable in your pet. Schedule your pet’s yearly exam so we can keep them in tiptop shape! #pethealth

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Tweets: Behavior


Howling? Biting? Your pet’s not a werewolf but may have an illness that’s hard to spot. Schedule your pet’s yearly exam today! #pethealth
FACT: Your pet’s misbehavior may be due to a medical reason OR training issue. Let us help! Schedule a checkup today! #pethealth
Many “old age” behaviors are due to underlying medical conditions. Let’s check your pet! Schedule their annual exam today. #pethealth
 
Happy Halloween! Let’s make sure your pet is healthy and happy! Schedule their yearly checkup today. #pethealth

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Tweets: Healthy Skin


What’s that? A skin tag, a tumor…or a toenail? It may be tough to tell! Let’s check it out—schedule your pet’s yearly exam today! #pethealth
Is that a bald spot on your pet? It may be from a tumble or a fungus. Eeew! Let’s check—schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Is that little bump nothing, or something of concern? Let’s do a skin check during your pet’s annual exam! Schedule it today! #pethealth

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Tweets: Gastrointestinal Health


How many hairballs did you clean up this week? Too many! Make an appointment for your kitty’s yearly checkup. We can help! #pethealth
Some dog breeds are at higher risk for liver disease. Is your pooch one of them? Schedule their annual exam today—let’s check! #pethealth
The key to a long, quality life for a pet? Catching problems early! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today! #pethealth

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Tweets: Healthy Heart


Some dog and cat breeds are at higher risk of heart disease. Is your pet one of them? Schedule their annual exam now — let’s check! #pethealth
The key to a long, quality life for a pet? A healthy heart! Schedule a yearly checkup today to keep their ticker in tiptop shape! #pethealth
Has your pet’s heart been checked lately? Together let’s keep them healthy! Schedule their annual exam today, come on in! #pethealth

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Tweets: Pet Nutrition


If you can't feel your pet's ribs, then your pet is overweight. Go and check, can you feel them? Let us know so we can help! #pethealth
It's BBQ time! DYK most "people" food is not good for pets? Schedule a checkup today to make sure your pet is staying healthy! #pethealth
Is your pet fit and trim for your summer activities? Schedule your pet's yearly exam today to confirm a clean bill of health! #pethealth
Pet food labels can be confusing! Together let's help you figure out the best food to keep your pet well! Schedule an exam today. #pethealth

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Tweets: Healthy Bones, Joints and Muscles


Is it the weather? Maybe…but your pet may not be active because they’re in pain! Let’s check—schedule their annual exam today! #pethealth
DYK? Your dog has about 319 bones in his body. Are they all in tiptop shape? Let’s check—schedule your pet’s annual exam today! #pethealth
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Keep your pet healthy—schedule their yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Pets of all ages can get orthopedic disease. Left untreated, they feel awful! Schedule an annual exam today to keep them well! #pethealth

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Tweets: Tick and Flea Prevention


Fleas are hard to spot in dark fur—and prevention’s easy. Schedule your pet’s checkup today and stop fleas before they start! #pethealth
Fleas spread disease, and it’s hard to know if your pet’s been bitten. Schedule your pet’s checkup today to keep them healthy! #pethealth
It may be hard to know if your pet has worms. Left untreated, your pet can get sick. Schedule their annual exam today—let’s check! #pethealth
Ticks spread disease. Not just Lyme! Tick bites can make pets sick. Schedule an exam today and let’s talk tick prevention! #pethealth

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Tweets: Prevent Heartworm


Does your pet have heartworm disease? The signs are tough to spot! Let’s check--schedule your pet’s yearly exam today! #pethealth
Mosquitoes bite! And spread heartworms. Let’s make sure your pet is protected. Schedule their yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Indoor pets can get heartworm disease too! Let’s keep your pet safe and healthy--schedule their annual checkup today! #pethealth

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Tweets: National Pet Dental Health Month/Valentine’s Day


Your pet’s bad breath may be a sign of something more serious. Make an appointment for a yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Check out those pearly…yellows? Your pet may have dental disease! Schedule their yearly exam today—keep them well from toe to tooth! #pethealth
Does your pet have a heart condition? They might….because of their teeth! Let’s check them out—book their annual exam today! #pethealth
It’s Valentine’s Day! Show your pet how much you love them and book their yearly exam! It’s the best way to keep them healthy! #pethealth

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Tweets: Pets Health


Happy New…Healthy! Some diseases pass from pets to people! So keep you and your pet healthy by scheduling their annual exam today! #pethealth
Does your pet go outside? Many illnesses pass from wildlife to pets to humans! Keep everyone well. Schedule their annual exam now! #pethealth
You’re sick…because of your pet? Make sure your pet is healthy so the whole family stays well. Book their yearly checkup today! #pethealth
Some illnesses that pass from pets to people are tough to spot! Stay well. Book your pet’s annual exam today! #pethealth

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Tweets: Prevent Ticks


Ticks are tricky! Even if you check your pet for ticks, you may not spot the bite. Let us check - schedule an exam today #pethealth
 
Is your pet eating less... because of #LymeDisease? Untreated Lyme Disease is dangerous to your #pet. Schedule a checkup today! #pethealth
 
Is your pet less active because of the weather, or #LymeDisease? We’ll perform the right tests – schedule a yearly checkup today! #pethealth
It can take just one tick bite to make your #pet sick. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup now - let’s talk tick prevention #pethealth
Ticks spread disease. Not just Lyme! Tick bites can make #pets sick. Schedule an exam today and let’s talk tick prevention #pethealth

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Tweets: Prevent Fleas


Fleas are hard to spot in dark fur – but prevention’s easy. Schedule your pet’s checkup today and stop fleas before they start #pethealth
 
It takes just one flea bite to make pets itch. Make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup and let’s talk flea prevention! #pethealth
 
Even if you check your pets for fleas, you may not know if they’ve been bitten. Let us check – make an appointment today! #pethealth
Fleas spread disease, and it’s hard to know if your pet’s been bitten. Schedule a checkup today to keep your pet disease free! #pethealth

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Tweets: Winter Wellness


Cold weather’s tough on pets too! Schedule a yearly checkup to be sure your best friend is ready for winter. #pethealth
Did you know that #dogs can easily lose their scent in a snowstorm and become lost? Keep Fido on a leash this winter!
 
Keep your #cat from catching cold! The best place for kitty is indoors during the winter. #pethealth
 
Wipe off your dog’s legs and belly after winter walks. Salt, antifreeze and other chemicals can harm pets. #pethealth

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Twitter: Here’s How to Tweet


  1. Log on to your account at Twitter.com. You’ll see a small box on the top left under your account stats that reads "Compose new Tweet..." Click it, or alternatively the blue feather quill icon in the upper right-hand corner, to type your tweet.
  2. Copy and paste the below tweet into your “Compose” box.
  3. Click “Tweet!” Your content is now visible on your practice’s Twitter page.

New to Twitter? Here’s how to start an account!

Visit www.twitter.com/signup to create an account. Choose a username that appropriately represents your practice, and start tweeting today! You can follow your Clients, encourage them to follow you, and share helpful tips, articles, and questions with your followers to build online engagement with your practice.



Website Content

Website or Newsletter Content


Connect with veterinary professionals and pet owners with regular posts on your website. Use the examples we've provided here as part of the Partners for Healthy Pets Special Care Instructions campaign, or create your own.  It's a great tool to use to talk about the importance of regular preventive veterinary care.



Here is January's copy for your practice website


Leave no stone unturned:
Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup to
ensure their kidney and urinary health

Did you know 75% of your pet’s kidney function is gone before you see signs of serious illness? That means your pet may have kidney disease and you may not even know it.

This month we want to focus on your pet’s kidney and urinary tract health because this is an area of veterinary medicine (and human medicine too) where preventive healthcare can make a big difference! A routine blood and urine test can clue us into the status of your pet’s kidney and urinary system. It’s that simple.

When we talk about chronic kidney disease, it’s a very common disorder in cats, especially those that are older than age 5. Renal (kidney) insufficiency or renal failure occurs when the kidneys are no longer able to do their appointed job--to remove waste products from the blood.

Renal failure is not the same as not being able to produce urine. In fact, most cats with renal failure make lots of urine in an attempt to remove the waste products that collect in the blood. The kidneys are failing but the cat makes a huge volume of urine... this can be confusing to pet owners!

Let’s switch gears and talk about urinary stones. Dogs or cats with very small stones in the urinary system do not usually have any signs. They look and act the same as usual. However, if these stones become larger, and are not detected and monitored, they can move into other areas of the urinary system that may cause obstruction. Obstruction is an emergency that puts your pet’s health at serious risk.

The best way to keep your pet’s kidney and urinary tract health in tiptop shape is through preventive healthcare. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today so we can examine your pet from nose to tail, run any tests if needed and discuss all the concerns you may have.

We care about your pet so call us today.

We promise, we will leave no stone unturned.



Here is December's copy for your practice website


Pack your bags.
Pack your car.
Pack your sleigh.
But don’t let your pet pack on the holiday pounds.
Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today.

Holiday season is upon us — a busy time of year for festivities, family and of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your hors d’oeuvres, it would be the same as if a person ate three and a half hamburgers or four chocolate bars? Gaining those “holiday pounds” is not just a problem for humans, but also for our four-legged friends.

Research shows that pets are more likely to gain unwanted pounds during this holiday period than any other time of year. What pet can resist a potato chip, onion dip or chocolate? (Wait, you know better than to feed them that!)

Obesity is the leading medical problem in pets. When a pet is too chubby, not only may they have little energy to walk or play, but also studies have shown that pets who are overweight may have a shortened life span.

How can you tell if your pet is at the right weight?

It can be hard to know because for many pets, they don’t get a big round belly. Instead, the extra fat is well hidden inside your pet’s body, tucked between their vital organs. So let us check! Our veterinary practice team has a trained eye to best assess your pet’s weight. Bring your pet in for their yearly exam and we’ll take a look at their body condition and nutritional needs. If we determine your pet needs to lose a few pounds, don’t worry. We’ll come up with a plan that will keep you and your pet sailing through the holiday season.

Call us today to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. Happy holidays and remember, pack your suitcase. Pack a trunk. It’s even fine to pack a sleigh. But don’t let your pet pack on the pounds!



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The Best Way to Show Thanks this
Season is with an Annual Checkup...
Call Us and Schedule an Appointment Today!

All pets come with special care instructions. Feed daily, love forever and yearly checkups. We know you have the first two covered, but what about the last one? Yearly checkups are equally as important! They are essential to your furry friend’s happiness and well-being. They are the best way to keep your pet healthier, longer!

During our veterinarian’s physical exam, your pet gets checked from tongue to teeth to toes to tail. (Plus all the parts in between!) Our in-depth, medical checkup not only assesses your pet’s current health status, but also helps to prevent future problems, such as obesity, periodontal disease and diabetes. At this time, it also provides us with the opportunity to discuss all the ways to keep your pal in good shape and to answer your questions. We can cover any topic you want in the comfort of our exam room.

Yes, all pets do come with special care instructions:
Feed daily (but not from the Thanksgiving dinner table)
Love forever (you do that the best!)
Yearly checkups (we’re here to ensure your pet stays healthy!)

We’re grateful for your trust in us to recommend what’s best for your pet. Call us to make an appointment for your pet’s yearly checkup. Your pet will be thankful too.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!



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October is a great month for animals.

It’s National Service Dog Month, National Animal Safety and Protection Month, ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and there’s even a shout-out to cats this month on National Cat Day, October 29. With all of these warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect time to take a good, hard look at your pet. How has he/she been acting lately?

Nipping. Scratching. Litter box issues. Leash pulling. Meowing at night. Urinating on the floor. Chewing shoes. Are these behaviors just part of being a “normal” dog or cat, or not?

Some common behavior issues are due to underlying medical problems. These illnesses are tough to recognize even for the most observant owners. For example, if your dog started nipping at the kids, it may be a sign he’s in pain. Your cat may stop jumping on your lap. Not because she’s being unfriendly, but because she has arthritis and it hurts.

If these behaviors are left unchecked, it’s a triple issue. The behavior may worsen, the underlying medical condition may progress (which puts your pet’s health at risk), and most importantly, your pet’s quality of life as part of your family is compromised.

Here’s where we can help. We have the expertise when it comes to analyzing, identifying and resolving behavior issues with your pet. At your pet’s yearly checkup, we can talk about your pet’s behavior and help give your pet a “new leash” on life! We are committed to your pet’s well-being…all the way! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today.



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Your Pet’s Skin: There’s A Lot to Cover!
Let’s Make Sure Your Pet is Healthy All Over

Healthy Skin

September is when kids go back to school and finally, you have a chance to relax. Who wants to join you? Your pet! While you’re snuggling with your furry friend, you may feel a bump or rash on their skin. What should you do?

Your pet may have bumps, lumps, missing fur, a black spot or a funny-looking toenail. Are these things something of concern?

For most owners, it’s tough to know what skin issues are ok and what needs further evaluation. Missing fur may be from a lost battle with a housemate. A black spot may be a tick. A rash may indicate a food allergy. A little bump may be cancer. Skin is the largest organ of the body and there’s a lot to cover! That’s why a yearly checkup is vital to your pet’s health. When you bring your pet in for their wellness exam, we’ll assess every part of them, from nose to tail. We’ll make sure your pet is healthy and stays that way!

Now that there’s a little peace and quiet at home, schedule your pet’s yearly exam. We’ll perform a thorough skin check and a few other easy tests if needed to keep your pet happy, healthy and a part of your family for a long, long time. Make an appointment today!



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Hairballs, Hacks, Gags and Gas:
Learn why you should schedule your
pet’s annual checkup today!

When you’re a pet owner, you know all the benefits of living with a furry friend in your home. Wet kisses, happy tail wags, loud purrs.

Did you expect hairballs on the carpet? Partially digested garbage strewn all over the floor?

Did you expect your pet to belong to the “Speed Eaters Anonymous Club,” where they eat so fast it comes right back up?

Like many pet owners, you may assume these digestive ailments just happen. You may assume they’re normal and chalk them up to coming with the territory of living with a pet. Perhaps they’ve become regular occurrences that you simply handle with mild frustration. Overall, no worries, you say!

The important thing to know is that many seemingly “normal” digestive problems are best to be checked out by us. We know there’s a lot of information on the Internet you can read, but nothing replaces a face (yours) to face (ours) to face (your furry buddy) visit with us.

When you schedule your pet’s yearly checkup, we can discuss and answer all of your questions. During the checkup, we’ll perform a “hands-on” inspection of your pet’s abdomen by feeling each of the organs and evaluating the shape, size, and position. We’ll listen through a stethoscope for any abnormal gut sounds. We may want to take a look at your pet’s poop to check for parasites and harmful bacteria. It’s all about digestion and it’s how to keep your pet healthy!

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today. Let’s determine what’s normal and what’s not when it comes to your pet’s digestive tract.

Just think, after your visit, you may never have to clean up a hairball ever again.



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How can you tell if your pet’s heart is pumping right?
Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today and let’s take a listen!

When you’re a pet owner, you know a lot about the health of your pet just by using your senses. You can see your pet’s eyes when they’re goopy. You can smell their ear infection a mile away. You can feel the lumps and bumps on their skin. But what about their heart? How do you know if that organ is healthy?

Heart disease affects pets of all ages. For example, certain breeds of dogs and cats are at a higher risk of heart disease at a young age. Others develop heart conditions later in life, when another illness crops up. Some pets develop heart disease at any age without noticeable signs. Yes, their heart may not be pumping right even though their tails are wagging and purring is at an all-time high!

If your pet’s heart is not checked regularly, your pet may be at risk for heart disease and in some cases, a shortened lifespan. The good news is, if caught early, most issues can be treated or managed successfully for years. And if your pet already has a heart condition but is regularly monitored by our practice, often we can slow its progression.

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup. During the exam, we’ll take a listen to make sure your pet’s heart sounds right. We’ll also perform a few other easy tests if needed to keep your pet’s ticker in the best shape possible!

When we think of love, we think of hearts. And we love your pet. It’s why we do what we do. Make an appointment today!



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Start summer off right!

Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today
to be sure your pet is healthy!

It’s summer! Time for BBQs, long hikes and refreshing water play! You and your pet enjoy this time of year. It’s filled with activity, fun and food!

There are a few things we have to talk about. First, is your pet eating the right food for their lifestyle? Meeting your pet’s nutritional needs is vital to their health and happiness. So before you take your big hike with Fido or start your movie marathon on the couch with Fluffy, bring in your furry friend for their annual exam.

Second, if your pet is just 10% over their ideal body weight (that may mean 1 lb. for a 10 lb. cat), they are at risk for developing serious medical conditions. Who wants that for their buddy? No way, you say! Come in for a checkup and a pit stop at the scale!

Third, most “people” food is not good for pets, especially from the grill! For example, feeding your pet chicken bones can cause tooth fractures and tear up their digestive tract during digestion.

Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail! And we’ll talk about what they’re eating and if we have to make any changes.

Who loves your pet besides you? Us! Book your pet’s yearly exam today so we can keep your pet healthy and happy this summer!



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Bones, Muscles and Joints

Keep your pet moving and grooving this spring
Schedule their yearly checkup today!

Musculoskeletal diseases (conditions that involve bones, muscles and joints) can affect pets of all ages. They can have aches and pains like we do. But sometimes these diseases are hard to spot. Think about your furry friend for a moment...

Have they stopped jumping on you when they greet you at the door?

Have they stopped perching on the window sill?

Is your pet acting “old?”

These changes in activity may be due to weather, age or good training. However, to guarantee your pet is at their best, we have to rule out they don’t have a hidden musculoskeletal problem. Infections, hormonal imbalances, nutrition, blood disorders and arthritis can all affect your pet's activity—the way they play, move, eat and cuddle!

The good news is we have ways to prevent, cure or manage these conditions, so your pet can continue to have a good quality of life. We are committed to the well-being of your pet for their lifetime. The best way to do this is to book your pet’s yearly checkup today. Make an appointment and together, we’ll keep your pet’s bones, muscles and joints (and the rest of your furry friend) in good working order!



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Q: Is your pet at risk for any of the following:

A) Fleas
B) Ticks
C) Worms
D) All of the above
A: All of the above (and they ALL can be tough to spot!)

Schedule your pet’s annual checkup today to be sure
your pet is healthy!

Is your dog very tired? Is your cat eating less than usual? These seemingly minor changes may mean your pet has a flea allergy, an internal parasite infection, or a tick-related disease.

Let’s talk about fleas first. The majority of pets don’t have fleas—but many have been bitten because fleas are everywhere! Yes, fleas live outdoors but they can live indoors too – even in really clean homes – year-round in any climate. Fleas will gladly hitch a ride on your pet into your house. And all it takes is one flea bite (specifically the fleas saliva), to set off a full blown skin allergy. Pets may scratch their sides, neck or even lick their paws until they’re red and painful. What pet wants to move around or eat when feeling this miserable?

Internal parasites (such as worms) can infect your pet in a number of ways. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your pet has them. But left untreated, worms can be dangerous to your pet’s internal organs. They can even cause your pet to lose blood.

Ticks are tricky. Even when you check your pet for ticks they can be tough to find because they’re small and hide well in dark fur. But it’s crucial to find ticks and remove them quickly. Why? Some ticks carry bacteria that cause disease (such as Lyme disease, but there are many others). And all you need is one undetected tick bite for your pet to become infected. They can become sick and develop kidney problems. At times, these diseases can be fatal.

Ugh! Is there any good news?

Yes!

We’re experts when it comes to flea allergies, tick and internal parasite checks. Even if your pet is on regular monthly preventive, it is still important for us to make sure your pet is healthy.

Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail. Let’s also confirm the prevention you’re using is right for your pet!



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It’s almost spring!

Time to check for heartworm disease! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today!

Prevent Heartworm

It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain…

The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms. And all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.

Here’s the good news about heartworm disease. It’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is, if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick. Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet and some signs of the illness are tough to spot. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.

You may be thinking, “my pet stays indoors, so there’s no need for heartworm prevention.” But, heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which get into everyone’s homes! One mosquito bite is all that’s needed to spread the disease to your furry friend.

Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’ll do a thorough exam, including a simple heartworm test, to make sure your pet is at his/her optimum health. And we’ll talk about the best way to prevent heartworm disease, so your pet stays healthy, happy and safe!

Make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today!



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Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.

Does your pet have it?

It’s time to schedule their yearly checkup today and find out.

It’s that time of year again. Love, hugs and chocolate are on everyone’s mind. For your pet, the first two come out way on top! (Chocolate is a no-no, but you already knew that!)

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds, such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds and Toy Poodles, are more prone to developing periodontal disease than larger breeds.

If your pet has bad breath, it may mean there is a problem with their teeth and gums. This can also contribute to more severe medical conditions. If dental issues are left untreated, you may put your pet at risk for problems in their mouth (periodontitis) or with internal organs (heart disease). The challenge most pet owners face is that even if their pet’s breath smells fine, some dental issues are hard to spot.

Early preventive measures, such as at-home care and in-clinic teeth cleanings will help to reduce the frequency and severity of dental disease later in life. At our hospital, we will perform a comprehensive examination of your pet’s teeth and gums. Just like when you visit your dentist, we use special tools to remove tartar from below the gum line and smooth the surface of each tooth to prevent tartar buildup.

Keeping your pet healthy from toe to tooth shows the world how much you love them. The best way to keep your pet in tiptop shape is to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’re committed to your pet’s well being every step of the way. (Because we love them too!)

Happy Valentine’s Day!