Volume 59 | January 2022

Altadena Valley Animal Clinic
    2898 Acton Road - Birmingham, AL 35243

It's A New Year: Helpful Resolutions for Pets and Parents

Making new year’s resolutions may not be for everyone. Those that do make them usually abandon the effort due to lack of focus, busy schedule, or no accountability. But what if those resolutions included our pets? By focusing on helping our best furry friend enjoy a healthier, happier lifestyle in 2022, we also benefit as pet parents.

Here are some easy, fun ways to help your pet (and you) achieve success this year. *

1. Walk Dogs Daily
We can all pack on pounds during the holiday season. Exercising is always more fun with a friend, so head outdoors with Fido and get your heart rate up.

2. Feed Healthier Diet and Treats to Pets
Ask our doctors for food recommendations appropriate for your pet’s species, age, breed, and lifestyle. Feed the recommended amount, and limit treats to small goodies in limited portions, breaking up treats you need to. Add in some healthy items, such as bits of carrots, apples, and blueberries.

3. Take Care of Your Pet’s Teeth and Gums
Practice good oral hygiene. Tooth brushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque at bay; just be sure to use toothpaste meant for dogs and cats. Water additives, dental diets, and treats designed to reduce tartar can also be helpful tools in keeping teeth clean. Also, remember to schedule an annual dental cleaning for your pet.

4. Groom Your Pet
Brushing your pet serves many purposes. It removes excess fur from the coat, reducing the amount you find on your clothes and furniture. It helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. Lastly, daily grooming is a bonding activity that demonstrates to your pet how much you love them by taking care of them in a very soothing manner. For deep cleaning, de-matting, nail trim, and professional grooming, schedule an appointment with our groomers.

5. Attend Training or Obedience Classes
Your dog doesn’t have to be rowdy to attend training or obedience classes. Many dogs enjoy the challenge and the bonding time gained from attending these classes with their owners. A refresher course every couple of years is also recommended by training experts. Visit our training website page for an updated class schedule.

6. Go on an Adventure or Try a New Activity with Your Pet
Do you have an adventurous dog breed? Take a hike at a new park or trail. You don’t necessarily have to take a road trip with your companion, a visit to the local pet store to check out the critters in cages and aquariums can be a whole lot of fun. Many stores and home centers allow pets. This can make for a fun, new adventure. Just remember to keep them on a leash for their safety as well as others.

8. Make a Date with Your Vet
Yearly vet examinations are a key component of good preventive care and are also the perfect time to ask for advice, update your pet’s food, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues that may be affecting your bonding with your pet.

9. Update Pet ID information 
Over the course of a year, a lot can change. People move, get new phone numbers, and forget to update their pet’s tags. Often, they only remember once the pet is lost. If any of your contact information has changed in 2021, don’t wait — update their tags and microchip information. It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.

10. Teach an Old Dog a New Trick
Studies show that mental stimulation can help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. In other words, keeping your senior pet’s brain active can make it healthier. Puzzle feeders, which force a pet to think through a task to be rewarded with a treat, are also an excellent way to keep a pet’s mind engaged.

Keeping your pet happy and healthy are great resolutions that you and your pet will appreciate all year long.

Amanda McQueen, Special to The County • December 29, 2021

Wishing you and your pets a safe and Happy New Year!


Julie Grimes, DVM
Our Wonderful Vets
Bobby Wilson, DVM
Lolly Wilson, DVM
ProHeart® 12 (moxidectin) Is Now Available!

Heartworm disease in our state is a year-round threat. Making sure you give your dog their monthly heartworm medication can be a challenge – until now! With only one dose of ProHeart 12 your dog will have protection all year long.

ProHeart 12 is a new safe and effective option that takes the worry out of remembering to give your dog a monthly dose of their heartworm preventative. It’s also the only FDA-approved product that prevents heartworm disease in dogs for 1 full year with just 1 shot given by our vets.

ProHeart 12 Is Effective & Safe

In three well-controlled studies, ProHeart 12

  • Was 100% effective against heartworm disease* in dogs
  • Was demonstrated to be safe for most types of dogs over 12 months, including:
  • Reproducing dogs
  • Collies sensitive to ivermectin—a common ingredient in monthly heartworm products

  • Had a similar adverse event profile to Heartgard® Plus 

*Caused by Dirofilaria immitis. Heartgard is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim.

To see if this product is right for your dog, call the clinic at (205) 967-7383
Check out our online store for savings on pet food, toys, and more! Click the link above to visit the store today!
*Terms and conditions apply. Must be of the same product, size, and purchased at one time, Ask the front desk receptionist for full terms and conditions.
Training Class Schedule
New Classes Are HERE! Sign Up Today!
Yappy Hour: Puppy Socialization! 
  • New class coming soon!
  • (4-week course) 
  • Click the registration link below to sign up.

Puppy/Beginner Obedience (6-week courses start dates)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Thursday, Jan. 13 @ 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb. 15 @ 6:30 pm
  • ​​Instructor: Anthony Rodriguez, CPDT-KSA
Impulse Control (6-week course start dates) ​​​​
  • Thursday, Feb. 17 @ 6:30 pm
  • ​​Instructor: Anthony Rodriguez, CPDT-KSA

To be notified when this course is added, contact Rebecca@lovethemtrainthem.com.

If you have a question as to whether masks are required, check with your instructor prior to the first week of class. We want our students to learn and have fun in a way that is safe for everyone!

For more information and complete course descriptions, visit our Training website page or to sign up for classes by clicking the REGISTER link below.

Pet Picture of the Month
Does your dog need some playtime and socialization with their furry friends? Our Daycare Barks and Recreation may just be the answer. As the days get warmer we'll be turning up the fun at daycare. Our friends get lots of exercise and staff attention during their playtime. For more information or to schedule your pet's daycare, call (205) 967-7383.
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