We all know that the “new year--new you” idea often disappears by February. But we also know that you love your pet. So, we wanted to offer some New Year’s resolutions that are simple, easy to keep, and will help your pet start off the year happy, healthy, and full of fun! And when you partner with your pet for a better life, we know you’ll find the results fulfilling.
1. More Walks & More Playtime
Dogs, cats, and other pets love attention. And playtime can be the best way to make your pet feel loved while helping keep her in-shape and healthy. That’s why this is our top resolution for your pet this year!
For cats, try to keep your kitty’s heart rate elevated for 10-15 minutes two or three times per day. Let your cat run, jump, swipe, and pounce after a feather attached to a wand. Your cat wants to get in touch with her inner kitten and inner hunter.
Nothing beats a walk with your four-legged friend. Skip the backyard and pull out the leash and get walking. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day for healthy adult dogs. When you do this, your dog will get a sparkle in her eye and her heart will benefit from the cardio.
2. Make Your Pet’s Health a Priority
Your pet can’t call us to make an appointment, so you’ll have to help her out with this one. Your pet’s health means everything, so don’t procrastinate when it comes to bringing her in to see us. We’ll make sure she has everything she needs to stay healthy.
We can make sure she has all her vaccinations that prevent deadly diseases.
Some of the most important vaccinations your pet needs are:
- Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis
Be sure your pet enjoys 2020 parasite-free. We can help you find the right flea and tick prevention along with heartworm prevention. Keeping your pet free of these pests will keep her thriving while preventing diseases that can rob her of her health and life.
3. Choose a Diet for Your Pet that Supports a Healthy Life
We know, we know… a New Year’s diet resolution. While diets aren’t fun, proper nutrition and maintaining a proper weight can help your pet in incredible ways.
A healthy, balanced diet keeps excess weight off your pet’s joints which can keep her playing and having fun without the side effect of pain.
A quality diet also helps your pet maintain a shiny coat and healthy skin, which can help protect her from the cold and prevents dry, itchy skin.
We can advise you on a diet for your pet from ingredients and brands to portion size and treats. We can also decide if your pet could benefit from supplements to support her joints and memory.
4. Become Mindful of Your Pet’s Mental Health
Often we focus on the physical when it comes to health and resolutions, but your pet’s mental wellbeing matters. Cats, dogs, and other pets do experience stress, boredom, and depression. If you notice a change in your pet’s mood, appetite, or behavior, she may be struggling with one of these issues.
Adaptil and Feliway can help your pet cope with stress while treat puzzles can reduce restlessness and increase mental stimulation. Need more help or to find if your pet could benefit from prescription intervention? We can help with that, too.
5. Commit to Your Pet’s Dental Health
Here’s a reason to smile: when you commit to your pet’s dental health, you can lengthen her life. Dogs and cats should receive dental cleanings twice per year. This can help your pet avoid periodontal disease which can weaken her heart and cause her to lose teeth. Proper dental hygiene also reduces the risk of chronic pain.
Give Your Pet a Year Filled with Happy Memories!
Start the year off wagging, purring, and smiling from ear-to-ear! It’s 2020 and your pet is ready for her best year, yet. Give us a call to make an appointment to start following through with your pet’s resolutions this year.
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