Who says your New Year’s resolutions have to be all about you? If you’re a pet parent, there’s a large chance that your beloved animal 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 year to come.
- Say no to that extra treat.
Overweight pets are at a higher risk for a number of health issues, such as diabetes, joint and bone damage, heart disease, and decreased liver function. Instead of using food to motivate him, 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 and may even cause sores to develop on your pet’s skin. This year, resolve to take your pet to the groomer regularly. Depending upon the breed, certain pets should go every four weeks, while others can wait over a month. In addition to getting him groomed, make sure that his nails are trimmed. If you feel uncomfortable doing it yourself, the groomer can clip his nails as he gets a haircut.
- Spend more time together.
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 active.
It’s no shock that dogs need regular exercise. This year, promise 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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