We’re nearing the end of what’s been a challenging year. It’s time to focus on new goals, new hopes, and new opportunities for you to make your life (and that of your pet) more fulfilling than ever. If you already have a pet, congratulations! You’re on the first step of a healthier, more active, and more loving life. Still, things almost always go better when you have a clear plan to follow with clear goals to achieve. Today we’ll be helping you create those plans so that 2021 is even better for you and your pet.
Keep your pet’s info up-to-date
Over the course of a year, a lot can change — people move, get new phone numbers, and forget to update their pet’s tags. Sometimes tags wear out or become illegible. Often pet owners only remember once the pet is lost. If any of your contact information has changed in the last year, don’t wait — update your pet’s tags or microchip information today.
Get some more exercise
This one applies to most of us pet owners! Not only will more exercise help us stay healthy, it also helps our pets stay well behaved. Make a commitment to increase both the physical and mental health of your pet by going on regular walks or having play sessions.
Groom your pet at home
Brushing your pet serves many purposes. It helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. It removes excess fur from the coat, reducing the amount you find on your clothes and furniture. And daily grooming is a bonding activity that demonstrates to your pet how much you love them by taking care of them in a very soothing manner.
Leave people food for people
Pet food is usually nutritionally balanced to your pet’s needs. Table scraps, however, can cause serious health problems in your pet. A lot of health issues are associated with feeding table scraps – from diarrhea to pancreatitis.
Start a dental care regimen
Dental care is often the greatest health area overlooked by even the most caring of pet owners. Inflamed and receding gums can occur if teeth are not brushed, causing your pet pain and leading to very expensive medical procedures, so make sure you brush your pet’s teeth regularly. Don’t wait ‘til your pet is in pain before you do this! Prevention is key, not treatment.
Make a note of behavior problems
Take a moment and write down any issues you might be having with your pet: from urinating in problem spots to begging for table food. Consult with a trainer or a training manual on how to eliminate the behavior. A couple of weeks of dedicated re-training can make all of the difference in the world.
Set an appointment with your vet
Yearly examinations by the veterinarian are a key component of good preventive care, just make sure you choose the right veterinarian for you. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are common in ageing pets and much easier to manage when detected in the early stages of the disease process. Veterinary visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, update your pet’s food, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues that may be affecting your bonding with your pet.
Ensure that your pet is taken care of
Owners often find time to take a time-out from life – whether a day at the spa or a vacation. We find that recharging our batteries does us well both mentally and physically. But what about your pet? Oftentimes we can’t take them with us while we go on trips, so what can we do? While pet hotels are an option, we feel that a Pet Nanny is much more relaxing for your pet.
We at Pet Nanny Inc are experts in taking care of the mental and physical health of your pets. If you can’t be at home all the time, we can take care of your pets for you! If you have a busy schedule, give us a call and we will make sure your pets get all the attention they need. Contact us at 734-981-6108 or use our on-line contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly.