Keeping pets healthy is extremely important to pet owners. Good pet health promotes longer lives, more active lifestyles, and overall happier pets. Sometimes, however, figuring out ways of making sure your pets continue to stay healthy can be tough.
With the New Year comes new responsibilities and new resolutions. Whether you’re thinking about buying or adopting in 2013, or have been a pet owner for decades, incorporating your pet into your own New Years resolutions can be a fun and healthy way of keeping your pets in good shape.
The following is a list of New Years resolutions you can make with your furry four-legged friend(s):
- Almost everyone promises him or herself they’ll loose weight in the New Year. Why not give your dog the same resolution? Include your dog in a local race, or simply make your bi-daily walks longer!
- Resolve to floss your own teeth at night while also resolving to brush your dog’s teeth regularly. Incorporating a regular dental regimen can help lengthen your pets life-cycle and prevent serious oral problems, not to mention cure bad puppy breathe!
- If you don’t want fast food for every meal then don’t feed it to your dog either! Yes, eating healthier is more expensive – for both of you – but it’s worth it to maintain proper health.
- Proper tagging is an essential responsibility pet owners face. It can be as simple as getting a new not-so-ragged collar, or as extensive as imbedding microchips.
- No one likes going to the doctor. However, if part of your resolution includes annual or semi-annual check-ups, then do the same for your pet! Annual wellness checks will keep your pet healthy and might even preemptively prevent spending boatloads down the road on medicines if an issue is caught early.
- Everyone loves being pampered! Going to a professional groomer can make your dog or cat feel like a million bucks.
- Last but certainly not least – a great resolution to have with your pet is to simply play with them more. Both cats and dogs love being played with. Engaging with your dog and cat is proven to help stimulate their minds and keep their mental health in top shape.
Remember, healthy pets are happy pets! If you incorporate your four-legged friend(s) into your New Years resolution plans, you both will have a good start for making 2013 a terrific year!