New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pets

resolutions for your petsAs we start off another new year, you might be looking back at 2017 and thinking about all the resolutions you made. Did you keep any of them? Did you mean to exercise more, eat better, and spend more time outside?

Many of us have difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions. At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, we had an idea. Why not come up with some New Year’s resolutions for your pet!

Some of our own best resolutions are ones that would benefit our pets, too. Before you stop reading for fear we’re going to suggest brushing your pet’s teeth twice a day, here are some fun, achievable resolutions that you can easily incorporate into your routine with your pet.

5 Great New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

  1. Play more. Play is known to be one of the most beneficial things for pets and humans alike. We all need to do things where we lose track of time, have fun, and enjoy life. So, make regular play a part of your pet’s routine, too, and you both get the benefits. Enjoy a hike or learn to play flyball with your dog. Play laser pointer with your cat. Get creative!
  2. Get fit. This is the quintessential task for almost everyone, but exercise is a great way to get fit in the new year. It’s no different for our pets! Sure, a walk around the block is fine, but getting your pet really moving is the best way to encourage physical and mental health, as well as to prevent obesity. Try this fun workout routine with your dog, or teach your cat to play fetch. It’s possible!
  3. Eat a better diet. There are almost as many pet diets out there as there are human choices of diet! Before you get overwhelmed with choosing a new fad diet for your pet, talk to us. We can help you navigate the murky waters of pet food choices and come up with a solution that fits your pet’s individual needs. Nutrition is one of the most important and easiest ways to help increase your pet’s health, prevent disease, and lengthen their life. So feed your pet the best diet you can.
  4. Take care of their teeth. So, we promised that we would not suggest you brush your pet’s teeth twice a day, and we remember! However, it is true that taking care of their teeth and oral health are important ways to prevent painful tooth loss, infection, and bad breath. And, who wouldn’t want to prevent those things? Brushing your pet’s teeth isn’t as hard as it sounds. Even if you only brush a couple times a week, they’re still better off. Commit to professional dental cleaning at least once a year, as plaque and tartar build up over time.Taking care of your pet’s oral health on a regular basis can save you money in the long run. Really!
  5. Make a date with the vet. Consistent annual or semi-annual preventive care exams can make all the difference to your pet’s health. When we see them for preventive care, we can make sure that we catch small health problems before they turn into big ones. Since our pets age faster than we do, skipping these important check-ups can be detrimental to their health, and to your wallet.

New Year, Better Health

There you have them, five (relatively) easy and fun resolutions for your pet. Strengthening the bond you share with your pet is good for you, too. So go ahead and put these in your calendar and see how great you and your pet feel this time next year!

Give us a call if you’re interested in more ideas for a healthy 2018 for your pet. We’d love to help make it a great year for our furry friends.

any of us have difficulty keeping New Year’s resolutions. At Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital, we had an idea. Why not come up with some New Year’s resolutions for your pet!