Lots of people start the New Year off with resolutions for themselves, like getting organized or losing weight. As you think about your resolutions, add a few for your pet! Even small changes can have a big impact on your pet’s year ahead.
1. Schedule a Check-Up
A yearly visit to the veterinarian can help detect health issues earlier when they can be easier to treat, and the prognosis can be better. It can also help keep your pet’s weight on track. Our wellness options cover an annual exam. Learn more.
2. Brush Up on Dental Health
Resolve to take better care of your pet’s teeth. You should brush those pearly whites regularly to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. You should also have your pet’s teeth professionally cleaned by your veterinarian at least once a year.
3. Exercise with Your Pet
You can both get into better shape this year by exercising together. Take lots of long walks or play interactive games with your pet (like these indoor pet games). Keep in mind that most dogs need at least 30 minutes of physical activity twice a day, while cats typically require at least 15 minutes of interactive playtime a day.
4. Pamper Your Pal
Routine care is important for your pet’s health and hygiene. Give your pet’s fur, teeth, nails and ears some extra attention in the New Year. For instance, you may resolve to check their teeth and nails every week, while also spending 10 minutes a day on brushing their fur. It will help them feel happy, clean, and loved!
5. Watch Your Pet’s Diet
Obesity is a big concern for pets because it can lead to serious health problems, such as diabetes and joint disorders. Extra weight on a pet can be comparable to a human carrying an extra 30 to 50 pounds! Limit treats and offer well-balanced pet food. Learn more about healthy pet nutrition.
6. Spend More Time Together
One of the best New Year resolutions you can make for you and your pet is to spend more quality time together. Give your pets some extra love and attention throughout the year. It will make you both feel good!
7. Update Identification
Many municipalities require pets–even the ones who live indoors—get their licenses renewed annually. The beginning of a new year is also the perfect time to check that the information on their implanted
8. Give to Pets in Need
Did you adopt your pet from a shelter? Lend a helping hand to other pets just like him by volunteering your time, donating supplies and food, or organizing a fundraiser for your local shelter. If you have kids, get them involved and give them a great lesson in caring for animals.
What do you think your pet would wish for in the New Year? Tell us on Twitter!
Our guesses are more behind the ear scratches, longer cuddles on the couch, and an end to vacuum cleaners. Most pets would happily live amongst the dust bunnies if it meant an end to those scary noise machines!
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). “Setting a New Year's Resolution? Don’t Forget to Include Your Pets!” ASPCA.org. <https://www.aspca.org/news/setting-new-years-resolution-dont-forget-include-your-pets>.