New Year’s Resolutions from Your Pet

By Dr. Steven Wolchinksy, Managing Veterinarian

The New Year invokes a time of reflection and setting goals and intentions for the upcoming year. So as you start to think of your own New Year’s Resolutions, be sure to include some for your four-legged friends as well.

Here is a list of resolutions to keep you and your pets happy and healthy this year.

  1. Watch their weight. Pet obesity is a hefty problem with over 50 percent of pets in the U.S. classified as overweight. Just like with humans, the best place to evaluate is the food. Measuring your pet’s food is one of the easiest solutions to help them shed excess weight. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a food type and quantity based on your pet’s needs.
  2. Exercise together. Exercise is critical to maintaining a fit pet, and from doga (yes, dog yoga) to hiking it’s easier than ever to incorporate your pet into your exercise routine. Empower your cat’s hunting prowess by getting them toys that enrich their environment. Plus, it’s a great time to bond with your pets and you’ll reap the rewards of physical activity too!
  3. Visit the vet. Make sure your furry friends are healthy by scheduling an annual exam. Comprehensive exams by a veterinarian can help catch illness early and other diagnostics such as blood work and ultrasounds can give you some insight into what’s going on inside. Annual exams are essential to preventing disease, and be sure to talk to your veterinarian about wellness plans for your pet.
  4. Protect your pet. It’s very important you protect your pet with flea and tick preventative as well as heart-worm prevention all year round. Also make sure your pet is current on all vaccinations. This will prevent illness and the possible spread of illness.
  5. Play brain games. Boredom in pets can lead to behavior issues, so be sure you keep your pets mentally stimulated. Teach your dog a new trick or play a game with your cat that encourages them to use their smarts. Having mind-enriching toys and games around the house can keep your pet on the ball and out of mischief.

These 5 resolutions won’t only benefit your pet, but strengthen the bond you have with them. Because we know, nothing warms the heart like a cold nose.

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