New Years’ Resolutions for Your Pets for Optimal Health!
3 January, 2017

It’s that time of year.  We make resolutions to improve our diet, get exercise and stimulate our minds.  Now it’s time to the do the same for your pets.  Take the time to check their food, activity schedule and overall health so they can bet their “best selves.”

Below are some reminders of what to check in your pet’s daily life:

Take a look at your dog or cat’s diet and measure!

One of the most important thing to start with is your pets’ diet.  Are they eating a healthy food that has mostly protein and only a few additives?  Are they getting enough fiber in their diet?  And, hopefully, not too much free-feeding.  It’s always best to measure your dog or cat’s food to keep their weight optimal, especially if you leave out dry food or kibble.  The bag or can will give you the appropriate guidelines and measure accordingly.

Water is vital in your pets’ diet

As we know, daily water intake keeps us hydrated and improves digestion.  Water does the same for our pets. Make sure to leave out fresh water every morning and evening.  If your cat doesn’t drink that much water, get a fun fountain that will encourage drinking.  Throw in an ice cube and that even can entice your cats to drink water.

Switch up your dog and cat’s activity to prevent boredom

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.  Or there is indoor doga and you can both reap the benefits.  Make playdates to encourage interaction, movement and practice social skills!

As for your cats, make sure they keep moving! Toys that trigger a cat’s predatory nature are a great way to get them off the couch and engaged in some aerobic activity. Experiment to see what really gets your cat moving.  Lasers, catnip toys, crinkly balls, and climbable cat trees are some favorites. Even a cardboard box or bag can become a cat cave that satisfies a cat’s need for hiding or a place to spring from!

Set your annual veterinarian appointment and teeth cleaning!

Now is a good time to schedule your annual vet 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.

If your dog or cat is older, switch to an age-appropriate food

Growing dog and cats have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow healthy and strong. Some dogs might have low energy or cats might have kidney issues that could be helped with the appropriate food. Choosing a food specifically tailored to your dog or cat’s life stage is a great way to keep them in optimal health.

Groom your dog or cat on a daily basis

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!

If you follow the above, your pets should thrive in the New Year! What are your pet’s resolutions?

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