New Year’s Resolutions for our Furry Companions

ShareDid you make any New Year’s Resolutions for your pets?  We all resolve to be the best pet parent possible and the start of a new year isn’t just an opportunity to make New Year’s Resolutions for ourselves, it is also a great time to make some for our pets as well.  More than half of all pets in the United States are considered overweight or obese so you may not be the only one in need of a few nutritional changes and a commitment to regular exercise.fatdogJanblogpost2014

Check out these resolutions to make 2014 the year your pet gets healthier:

  1.  Each and every time you feed your pet, you should be measuring the amount.  Do this to ensure that your pet isn’t consuming extra calories that they don’t need.  You can purchase one cup and smaller scoops or just keep a measuring cup with your pet’s food.  Take into consideration older pets and less active pets that may not need as much.  If you have concerns about your pets diet, give your veterinarian a call or discuss it with an associate from where you purchase their food.
  2. Explore a new and fun activity with your pet.  Right at home you have one of the best workout partners out there!  Take your pet hiking, trail running, walking, even kayaking.  Many cities also have groups of people who get together and do these activities with their dogs.   If you don’t have time to get in a daily walk with your pet, give me a call and schedule a 20 minute ‘Walking Only’ visit for just $15.
  3. Even your cats need exercise.  Plan to incorporate kitty playtime into your daily routine.  This could be while you watch the news at night, after the kids finish their homework or by bringing home new interactive toys.
  4. Is your pet up to date on their vaccinations?  When was the last time they had a physical?  If it’s been a while, schedule a welfare check up with your veterinarian and take this opportunity to ask for advice about your pet’s nutrition and fitness.  While you’re at it, schedule a physical for yourself too!  You know you’ve been meaning to.
  5. Take 15 minutes to groom your pet each day.  A good brushing stimulates distribution of the oils from their skin to the fur, making the coat shine while keeping it healthy.  Brushing also removes excess hair that always seems to end up on your clothes and furniture.  Grooming is a great opportunity to make your pet feel good and gives you the chance to notice any new bumps or possible health issues.  For just $20 I can stop by for a 30 minute visit to give your pet a quick brush followed by a walk.
  6. Just like you need daily dental care, so do your pets.  Daily tooth brushing keeps their mouth clean and prevents future dental problems.  You can also purchase water additives and treats to help keep plaque and tartar under control.
  7. Brush up on your pets training and bag of tricks!  Whether your pet is two-years-old or twelve-years-old, learning new tricks and practicing old ones is great for mental stimulation and for building an even closer relationship with your pet.  Check to see if your local pet store offers training classes and maybe you’ll learn something new too!  If your pet is currently taking training classes, let me know and when I stop by for my next visit I can run through their new tricks for some extra practice.
  8. Is your pet’s ID tag up to date?  Double check that your pet’s rabies tag, ID tag and pet license all contain current information.

Make 2014 the year that both you and your pet adopt a healthier lifestyle!  If you need guidance or have any questions about starting a regular activity program for your overweight pet, be sure to contact your veterinarian or give your local pet store a call.  Feel free to give me a call for some ideas and to learn more about how I can help you and your pet reach your New Year’s Goals!  Happy New Year!