As we come up on a new year and a new decade, many people are already planning on their New Year’s resolutions—we all appreciate the chance for a new beginning and a fresh start. But as we make our New Year’s resolutions, let us not forget our pets. They, too, can benefit from new activities and goals. For many pet owners, pets are just as important as family—so this is a great opportunity to improve their lives even further. Read on for our ideas for great New Year’s resolutions that you can set for both you and your furry friends.
Be more active
According to studies, more than 50 percent of dogs and cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Your pets aren’t immune to weight-related problems. Just like people, animals that carry around too much weight are at risk of developing multiple health problems including, but not limited to, diabetes, arthritis, hypertension, and liver failure. An appropriate amount of exercise can help keep your pet from gaining too much weight. Walk your dogs regularly and play with your cat using their favorite toys—this can be a good start, though especially overweight pets may need special attention. Swimming can be a nice low-impact activity for them.
Learn some new tricks
Almost all pets can be trained to do tricks—these aren’t just for showing off, they’re also a great means for you to bond with your pet and give them earned treats. Don’t fall for the old chestnut that old dogs can’t learn new tricks. Mental degeneration in elderly pets can take a serious toll on their quality of life—learning tricks can help stimulate your pet’s brain and keep them from getting bored.
Keep your pet’s mouth clean
Whether you have a dog or a cat, you should be promoting good oral health at home. But if you haven’t done so previously, the upcoming year is the time to do so. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the bare minimum to help them keep their teeth well into their old age, but you need not stop there. There are also foods and treats that are intended to help take care of your pet’s oral health. For animals that use their mouths to do so many things, a toothache can be a really debilitating condition!
Get your pet checked out regularly
Your pets need regular checkups just like humans. Your dog or cat may be healthy now, but it’s always good idea to have a head start on any health problems that come up. Regular checkups can tell you in advance before any condition gets too serious to treat. Even appointments even just twice or thrice a year can help give you peace of mind and ensure that your pet is happy and healthy.
Don’t let your pet get left alone
Our New Year’s resolutions sometimes take us far away from home and we may not always be able to bring our pets along with us. Whether it be for work or for vacation, our pets will surely miss us—so it’s best to make sure that your pets are taken care of by someone you can trust and someone who knows them. What’s important is that their accustomed routine isn’t broken up too much. Friends and family may be able to take on the task, but if they can’t, we at Pet Nanny Inc would be more than happy to help. Our Nannies are experts in adjusting to your pet’s schedule and needs, and we’ll do our best to make sure that they’re as comfortable as possible at all times.
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