The first of the year is a time for reflection, setting new goals and getting off to a fresh start. Why not incorporate your pet into your New Year's resolutions? After all, their health and happiness is important too!
Get more exercise.
This is the quintessential goal set forth by almost all of us each year. It's a good one, and it's just as good for your pet. Pet obesity is a growing problem, with about 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of adult cats classified as obese. So take it upon yourself to get your four-legged friend moving. Make it a priority to take a daily walk with your dog; set aside a half hour to play with your cat. Incorporating a little exercise into your pet's routine is the easiest way to prevent disease and keep them around for the longest time possible.
Teach them a new trick.
Who says old dogs can't learn new tricks? If you've always wanted to teach your pooch how to roll over, play dead or shake hands , make it a goal for this year. Teaching your dog a new trick helps stimulate their brain to keep them more alert, satisfied and well-behaved. It's also a great way to feel more connected with your pup.
Attend regular check ups.
Don't forget to take your cat or dog to their vet regularly. These check-ups ensure your pet gets all their appropriate vaccinations and is in overall good health. Double-check that your cat or dog is up on all their shots and medications.
Brush their teeth.
Brushing your own teeth is a habit, and it should be for your pet as well. Start slowly and gently to get your furry friend used to this new routine and work up to daily (or at least weekly) brushing . Always use a pet toothpaste and brush, never any dental products meant for people.
Poison-proof your home.
There are all sorts of hidden dangers lurking in your home that could cause harm to your pet. Obviously, pets should never consume items such as chocolate and alcohol, but did you also know that onions, grapes, garlic and anything sweetened with xylitol is dangerous too? Make sure you keep medications, candles, pest bait, batteries, potpourri and more out of reach from your cat or dog.