So you’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and you’re ready to start fresh in 2016. But have you thought about making New Year’s resolution for your pets? Our pets also deserve to be fit and to live healthy lives. So to help our furry friends start out on the right paw here are some suggested pet friendly New Year’s resolutions.
Eat right and exercise more!
1. The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Like humans, many pets also suffer from overeating and lack of exercise. This year think about increasing your pet’s exercise and improving their nutrition. Cut back on treats and table scraps. It is important to realize that each treat or table scrap adds calories. Increasing daily walks will not just benefit your dog but also benefits your own health and fitness goals.
Regular Veterinary visits
2. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Most people have heard this well-known saying, but many don’t realize that following this advice can help their pets live healthier lives and save them money doing so! Preventative care, which includes regular examinations, lab work, vaccines, dental cleanings, and parasite control, can prevent some diseases from developing or at least detect disease early before it becomes more advanced and causes complications. The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. Early diagnosis also means the disease may be treated with more standard treatments and may avoid the need for more expensive interventions and procedures. Remember take your pet to the veterinarian for routine check-up at least once a year as recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Improving your image
3. We all want to look our best and our pets are no exception. Make the commitment in 2016 to provide regular grooming for your pet. Depending on your type of pet this may include occasional baths, regular brushing, or trips to the doggie salon for haircuts. Don’t forget grooming includes trimming nails, cleaning ears, and most importantly brushing teeth. It’s not just vanity. Brushing your pet’s teeth daily and obtaining regular dental care can keep your pet’s teeth healthy and avoid periodontal disease and tooth loss.
4. Our pets depend upon to keep them safe. Make your home a pet-safe home in 2016. Clear your house and yard of hazardous chemicals like insecticides, chemical cleaners, rat poison, snail bait, and antifreeze, to name a few. Also, make sure you’re not harboring any toxic plants at home. If you have any questions about whether something is harmful or not, check with your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center. Be sure to get collars, identification tags, and microchips if your pets do not already have them. All animals, even indoor cats, should be microchipped. Thousands of pets are lost each year and microchips are the best way to ensure your pet a safe return should they become lost.
5. Lastly, commit to spending more quality time with your pets. Play with them more, take your dogs on more walks, play with your cats and of course, don’t forget to snuggle with them. Nowadays there are many dog friendly places around that let you shop with your pet or even take them to lunch with you. Take advantage of these places and enjoy the time you spend with your pet.
Hopefully, you can follow these pet-friendly resolutions to help your pet will start 2016 out on the right paw.