4 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet
Who says your New Year’s resolutions have to be all about you? If you’re the parent of a fur-baby, there’s a good chance that your beloved baby is an important member of your family. Instead of just focusing on self-love, remember that your companion could benefit greatly from a little reflection on the past year and some positive changes in the new year.
Say ‘no’ to extra treats
Overweight pets are at a higher risk for the same health issues as we humans - diabetes, joint and bone issues, heart disease and decreased kidney & liver function. Instead of using food to motivate your fur-baby, develop a new reward system for good behavior that involves offering a new bone or extra play time.
Keep them looking spiffy
Matted fur can be uncomfortable for your pet and may even cause skin issues for your pet. In 2018, resolve to take your pet to the groomer regularly. Depending upon the breed, certain pets should go every four weeks, while others can 6-8 weeks. In addition to getting your pet groomed, make sure that his nails are trimmed. If you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself, the groomer can clip his nails during the grooming session.
Make a time commitment
In the business of everyday life, this can be difficult, but promising a little quality time with your pet can boost his health, as well as your own. In fact, studies show that a good relationship with your pet can improve both your emotional and psychological state of being.
Get your dog moving
It’s no surprise to hear that dogs need regular exercise. This year, make a commitment to take your dog on regular walks, at least once a day. Activity levels vary depending on their breed and size. For instance, a larger breed, like a golden retriever, requires two hours of exercise a day. Regardless of the type, make sure that your pet has plenty of time to run around and play.
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