The new year is upon us, and just as humans have resolutions, we should make some for our pets. Here are some resolutions we should make for our furry companions.
1. Walk Dogs Daily
We can all pack on pounds during the holiday season. Exercising is always more fun with a pet, so head outdoors with your favourite pal and get your heart rate up.
2. Feed Healthier Diet and Treats to Pets
Ask your veterinarian for food recommendations appropriate for your pet’s species, age, breed and lifestyle.
Feed the recommended amount, and limit treats to small goodies in limited portions, breaking up treats is you need to. Add in some healthy items, such as bits of carrots, apples and blueberries.
3. Take care of your pet’s teeth and gums
Ask your veterinarian to show you how to brush your pet’s teeth as recommended to keep disease at bay. Enzymatic chews may also help keep your pet’s teeth and gums healthy between veterinary cleanings.
4. Keep Toxic Substances Out of Pet’s Reach
Prevent your pets from toxic substances. Keep dangerous items such as medications, cleaning or gardening products, alcohol and toxic plants away from your pets.
5. Attend Training or Obedience Classes
Your dog doesn’t have to be rowdy to attend training or obedience classes. Many dogs enjoy the challenge and the bonding time gained from attending these classes with their owners. A refresher course every couple of years is also recommended by training experts.
6. Spend More Quality Time with Pets
Pet owners plan on making more time for their pets to cuddle, play and simply bond, perhaps by binge-watching a favourite TV show on the couch together (after taking that long walk). Studies show a little extra TLC goes a long way toward health and happiness.