As the New Year begins, many people are making resolutions. For many people, this includes their pets. Here are some New Year’s resolutions for pets and owners to help keep both of you happy and healthy in 2018.
#1: Dedicate more time to training your pet
A bored pet is one who can easily get into mischief, whether it’s shredding your curtains or peeing on your rug. Keep your pet entertained and their mind sharp by engaging in daily training sessions. Teach your four-legged friend new skills or brush up on old tricks, and use the time to burn off energy and provide mental stimulation, which are both essential for a happy, healthy pet.
#2: Ensure your pet is eating the appropriate amount
With more than 50% of the American pet population classified as overweight or obese, feeding your pet the appropriate amount is critical for maintaining an ideal body weight. Ask your veterinarian for help evaluating your pet’s body condition, then create a diet plan from there.
#3: Spend time each day exercising with your pet
Adequate exercise is critical for warding off many health and behavior problems that are associated with obesity and lack of stimulation. Keep your furry pal in tip-top shape by encouraging daily exercise with a game of fetch, a brisk walk in a new neighborhood, or a fast-paced game of pounce on the feather wand.
#4: Devote special time to caring for your pet’s oral hygiene
Almost all pets have some form of dental disease by age 3, so proper oral hygiene is a must for keeping your pet’s smile healthy and disease-free. Brush your pet’s teeth daily, and schedule regular professional dental cleanings to reach below the gumline and eradicate oral bacteria.
#5: Schedule regular wellness care for your pet
Regular wellness care provides the foundation for your pet’s health and wellbeing. Stay on top of their preventive care to ensure they receive the appropriate vaccinations, parasite prevention, dental care, and nutrition advice to remain healthy.