New Year’s Resolutions come with the start of a new year, but these should not only apply to us. Our pets should have New Year’s Resolutions too, in fact, we will share 10 New Year’s Resolutions for your pet! It’s nice to have goals for them, help them have a fulfilling and happier life. These goals can help improve your pet’s physical and emotional health. Which one of these will you be trying? Let us know in the comments or share your New Year’s Resolutions with us in the comment section or in any of our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)!
1Measure their food
Most of us including me, at some point ‘eyeball’ the amount of food we are providing to our pet’s. Without this control, you are at risk of overfeeding your pet, resulting in possible overweight. Since our dog food is prescription type food, the vet provided a measuring cup LIKE THIS ONE. If you don’t have one like that, we recommend using a measuring cup like this one.
While I like to be a couch potato from time to time, we must attend to our pet’s natural needs. Depending on the breed of your dog it will require more or less physical workouts. Try engaging in new and better quality walks with your dog. You may try new alternate routes, or visit unfamiliar neighborhoods or dog parks during the weekend. As for cat’s you may try getting a cat tower and do a cat maze.
3Spend more time with your pet
There’s nothing better than spending more time with your pet to grow a stronger bond. Take the time to get down on the floor and spend some quality time with your pet. You can use this time for playtime, a good old tug of war game or a simple one-on-one time. They will be grateful for every minute.
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4Feed better quality food
Provide better quality food for your pet. While sometimes the healthier brands are more costly they will make a difference to your dog’s health. If you find yourself out of the budget, you can always improve your dog’s kibble food.
Set up playdates with friends who have pets with a similar age and size to bring more joy to your four-legged friend. Having your pet interact with others will help improve their mental health and social skills.
Brushing your pet’s coat in a daily manner will remove the excess fur reducing the amount you see around the house, furniture, and clothing. Brushing will help distribute oils from the skin to the fur keeping your pet’s coat shiny and healthy.
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7Teach new tricks
Teaching your pet new tricks will stimulate their brain and improve their mental health and overall behavior.
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8Clear out old toys and make room for new ones
From time to time is good to get rid of the old toys. Stop holding on to sentimental used old, beat-up, and often germ-infested pet toys. New Year’s is the perfect time to get rid of the old toys and get your pet some new and fun toys.
9Better oral hygiene
Daily toothbrushing will be the best way to keep the tartar and plaque under control. Make sure the toothpaste used is meant for dog and cats. You may also use water additives, dental diets and treats designed to reduce tartar. While these are good tips and tricks nothing will beat a yearly cleaning done by a licensed veterinarian. Having good oral hygiene will help your pets have healthier teeth during their senior years.
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10Visit the vet for a yearly checkup
Just like we need a yearly physical checkup our pet’s need one too in order to know that everything is okay. Don’t bring your pet only when they are sick. We must check at least once a year for conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and other diseases that could be prevented.