New Years’ Checklist for Your Pets’ Health and Safety!
4 January, 2018
The new year is here and as we all make resolutions to improve our health, diet and lives, it’s a great time to do the same for your pets. After all, we want them to thrive and be with us for a long time. Here is a checklist of the more important new year’s resolutions and/or reminders for your pets.
1. A good, healthy diet is essential for your pet’s health
Take a look at your dog and cat’s diet. Is your dog or cat overweight? Are they eating healthy food that has mostly protein and only a few additives? Are they getting enough fiber? And make sure to measure your dog or cat’s food to keep their weight optimal, especially if you leave out dry food or kibble. Make sure to leave out and refresh water every day.
2. How is your pet’s weight?
After checking out your cat or dog’s diet, make sure that your pets are at an appropriate weight. You should be able to feel your dog or cat’s ribs through their fur. If there are any extra layers there, than it’s time for a diet. Your vet might suggest a subscribed food depending on your cat or dog’s weight.
3. Practice good oral hygiene with your pets
Brushing your pets’ teeth daily is the best way to keep tartar and plaque at bay — just be sure to use a toothpaste meant for dogs and cats. Water additives, dental diets, and treats designed to reduce tartar can also be a helpful tool in keeping teeth clean.
4. Switch up your dog’s exercise for mental and physical stimulation
We all know how important exercise if for our dogs and cats. Now is the time to switch it up or try something new. With winter here, it’s not as easy to just go for a long walk, but do your best to go for walk or quick jog once a day. Make play dates to encourage interaction, movement and practice social and training skills
5. Incorporate more play sessions with your cats
Cats love the thrill of chasing a laser toy! Toys that trigger a cat’s predatory instinct are a great way to get them up from their 17 hours of sleep and engaged in a little aerobic activity. Experiment to see what really gets your cat moving. Even a cardboard box or paper bag can become a cat cave that satisfies a cat’s desire for a hiding place.
6. Make an appointment with your veterinarian
Schedule your annual veterinarian appointment. Whether you have a cat or dog, it’s always best to have at least one annual vet visit to make sure your dog or cat is healthy. While you are there, have the vet check your dog or cat’s teeth and if necessary, schedule a teeth cleaning. For senior pets, it is usually recommended to see your vet twice a year.
7. Daily brushing and grooming is necessary for your pet’s coat
Brushing your dog or cat on a daily basis has many benefits. It removes excess fur from the coat and ultimately the amount you find on your clothes and furniture. It helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. And it is a great way to bond with your dog or cats!
8. Teach your pets a new trick!
Studies show that mental stimulation can help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. Teach your pet a new trick or two to keep those neurons firing. You can also incorporate puzzle feeders to keep your pet’s mind engaged.
9. Check your pets ID’s and information
Over the course of a year, a lot can change. Make sure to update your dog and cats’ tags and microchip information today! It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way safely home.
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