Happy New Year!

We all know that this is the time of year for making resolutions. We want to start the New Year off on a good note. However, have you ever thought about making resolutions for your pets? It only makes sense. Certainly there are things in their life that can be made better too. So, here are a few resolutions for you and your pet to help you have the best 2014 ever!

1. Get more exercise.

Make it a point to take more walks (or jogs) with your dog. This will benefit both of you. The exercise will help all involved lose those extra pounds you have been carrying and make you both healthier in general.

2. Play more.

Take a little time each day to play with your cat or dog. Even if it is just a few minutes, that time will help to strengthen your bond. Plus, a few minutes of playtime a day will help to lighten your mood and your pet’s too!

3. Eat better.

Eating better is NOT just a resolution for humans. Your pets should not only be eating quality pet food, but they need to be eating the correct amount of it as well. If you have any questions about the kind of pet food you are using or how much your pet should be getting, be sure to contact your veterinarian and they will be able to help you.

4. Make an appointment with your vet.

Just as we strive to keep our bodies healthy with annual visits to our doctor, so should your pets. Or more importantly, YOU should make it happen for them. Your pet should be seeing their vet at least once a year for an annual check up, vaccinations and flea, tick and heartworm preventatives. Many conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and obesity can be caught and treated early if your vet sees your pets frequently.

5. Brush those teeth!

This is something we hope that you are doing on a daily basis already, but maybe we can recommend flossing for you if you are not already doing that! However, you should also be brushing your pets’ teeth every day. Be sure to use toothpaste that is specifically made for cats or dogs. It might take a bit of time for your pet to get used to brushing every day, but stick with it! Also, don’t forget your pets’ annual teeth cleaning with your veterinarian!

6. Be sure your pet’s ID is up to date.

If you have moved or changed any phone number, be sure this is reflected on your pet’s ID tag. Also, be sure that your vet and microchipping company have up to date information as well. If you do not have your pet microchipped, we highly recommend it! Collars can come off and tags lost, but the success rate for finding lost pets increases dramatically with microchipping.

7.  Teach your pet a new trick.

This will help challenge both of you. And believe it or not, you CAN teach behaviors to your cat as well. All it takes with any pet is time, patience and a good reward system. Make it fun and it will stimulate both of your brains making for a healthier you and your pet!

8. Spend a few quiet minutes together each day.

This may be one of the most important resolutions on our list! In the busy hustle and bustle of today’s world, it is easy to let time get away from us. The benefits of taking a couple of minutes each day to sit down and simply pet your dog or cat are numerous. In addition to strengthening your relationship with your pet, there are also health benefits. Studies have shown that spending time with your animals decreases blood pressure and makes people happier overall.

So, let’s get ready to make 2014 the best year ever… for both you and your four legged, furry friends! Happy New Year everyone!

By on December 31st, 2013 in Pet Care