New Year Resolutions for your Pet

Resolutions don’t have to be exclusive for humans; you can pick some for your pets too. It’s a great way to spruce up their routine and improve their overall health, some of them you can do together. Here are ten of our suggestions to get you started.

  1. Healthy eating. Make a commitment to find out what’s in the food you’re feeding your pets and see if you could make healthier options. Look for quality ingredients, reduce the amount of artificial colourings and flavourings they’re eating and discover healthy treats rather than feeding them from your plate.
  2. Get more exercise. It’s easy to slip when it comes to exercising pets. When the weather is cold the long walks can be reduced to quick trips around the block. All bets benefit from exercise, so commit to spending a certain amount of time each day exercising your pets.
  3. Run together with your dog. If you’ve decided to take up running as your New Year resolution you could include your dog in the activity too.
  4. Start a calendar for your pets. Add the dates of check-ups, immunisations and trips to the groomers. It’s also an excellent idea to write down the dates when you treat your pets for fleas, worms and ticks to ensure they’re kept up to date all year round.
  5. Check your pet insurance. Avoid costly medical bills and perhaps save yourself some money each month or year by renewing your pets insurance. Look for a good deal that provides suitable coverage.
  6. Spay and neuter your pets. Rescue centres are bursting with pets all looking for homes, there’s no need to add to the problem.
  7. Visit the vet for a check-up, especially if you have elderly pets.
  8. Give something back to the community by volunteering with your pets. There are plenty of organisations that would benefit from gaining an additional therapy dog for example. Therapy dogs spend time with different people across the community, visiting schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
  9. Socialise your dog. If you have a dog that is lacking in the social department contact your local dog trainer or behaviourist for advice and training.
  10. Spend some quality time with your pets. You’ve made a commitment to each of the animals in your home. Spending quality time together helps to form bonds and can even reduce stress in both you and your animals.
Ten Resolutions for Your Pets
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