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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

Posted January 15th, 2020 by daniel

It’s January. The time of year where people all around the globe make New Year’s resolutions. This long-time tradition has taken many turns and twist along the way, and often resulted in some pretty impressive feats. “So, what do New Year’s resolutions have to do with your pets?” you may ask. Perhaps, surprisingly, more than you might think. In fact, as a pet owner, you have the opportunity to make resolutions that benefit you and your pet.

From peace of mind to better health, setting resolutions as a pet owner offers many ways to make 2020 the best year ever – for you and your four-legged friend(s)!

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

  1. Teach them a new trick. This is a fun way to interact with your pet and help them learn something new Choose the right trick and it can benefit you, too! For instance, teaching your dog to collect recyclable materials saves you time and can help maintain a cleaner space. Want something that encourages interaction with others? Sign up for a training or obedience class and build a stronger bond with your pet and connect with other pet owners while you are at it.
  2. Get more exercise. This one is great for both you and your pet. Be intentional about taking your pet out for a walk around the neighborhood every day. You will both see some results!
  3. Play more. Your animals will use up some of that excess energy and you can both have fun together. Even better, you will become closer to your pet and strengthen your relationship. For added fun, find a new park or activity that you both enjoy.
  4. Spruce up their environment. Consider a new toy that is two-fold. A snack dispenser that encourages a new skill and helps maintain their diet, or perhaps a window perch for your cat that provides the opportunity to leap.
  5. Better hygiene. For your pet, of course! This is especially important if your pet spends a great deal of time outside but still important for inside pets. No, your pet might not love water – cat owners? – but being clean helps them be healthier and happier. To make it easier to implement, consider setting up a daily grooming routine with brushing your pet or a full body rub down. Even better, having a clean pet means less dirt being spread in your house, so less housework!
  6. Sign up for pet insurance. Having pet insurance actually saves you money and better yet, means you don’t have to make decisions regarding health concerns for your pet based solely on your budget. As for your pet’s benefits, it means that your vet can provide the most comprehensive action plan for your pet’s needs.
  7. Get to know your vet. Be sure to schedule wellness appointments to be sure that your furbaby is healthy. This is also a good time to ask your vet about any concerns you might have and learn of anything you can do to prevent future problems.

So, what will your New Year’s resolution(s) be? We would love to hear about them!

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