Well we have started a new year. All of us here at Highsmith Animal Hospital hope that you had a joyous Christmas season and wish the best for you and your pets for the coming year of 2016. It is hard to believe that we are already into the second half of the second decade of the 21st Century. It just goes to show the old saying is true that "time flies when you are having fun." And speaking of fun, although we have not had much in the way of cold weather so far this winter, we still remind you to be on the lookout for winter problems that can affect your pet. Being sure that all pets that have to be outside have shelter that is protected, plenty of fresh food and water daily, and the opportunity to get lots of exercise. And the exercise is also important for our pets that stay indoors too. Because of colder weather and less daylight, us people are not out and about as much as we are in the summer, and therefore we do not have our pets out with us either. Good outdoor exercise is as important for them as it is for us. So throw on a jacket, sweater, coat, whatever, and get out there and exercise your pets. Have some fun!!!