Today we’re going to discuss New Year’s resolutions, but not in a typical way. Yes, we encourage you to work out and do things that will make your life more fulfilling. However, we also encourage you to help your pet do the same. As a pet parent, we know that you want your pets to live long and healthy lives. We want the same for each of our clients. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that will have a positive impact on your pets.
Measure Your Pet’s Food
Over 50% of cats and dogs are overweight in the U.S. You can counteract that statistic by measuring how much food goes into your canine companion’s or feline friend’s food bowl every time. Obesity leads to many different health problems that your pet doesn’t have to experience if you invest in weight management.
You may be shocked to find what even a little bit of exercise can do. While the proper diet is a significant factor regarding weight management, cardio helps the process. When you take your dog for a neighborhood walk or a walk through the park, it keeps them healthy, but doing so keeps you healthy as well. Plus, dogs need socialization just like people need socialization. You can take them around the neighborhood. Just make sure that you’re six feet apart from your neighbors if you decide to have a conversation. You also don’t have to limit your exercises to walking around the neighborhood. Doga (yoga with your dog) is becoming increasingly popular, and hiking with your pet is another way to break up the monotony. Also, if it’s way too cold, don’t keep your pup outside for too long.
Hone in On Your Training
It’s always a beneficial idea to hone in on your training. Every pet owner desires a well-trained pet. If your pet isn’t obedient or responsive, it will benefit you greatly to work on that. The point is that you want to ensure that your pet is easy to control, especially in potentially dangerous situations.
Have More Playtime With Your Feline Friend
Cats are independent, but just like dogs, they need love and attention. If you haven’t spent quite enough time with your feline friend lately, try incorporating new toys (such as a laser) into playtime. Cats need exercise as well, plus you never know what you’ll capture on video.
Schedule a Checkup With Us
If it’s been a while since your pets have had a checkup, we suggest that you not hold off on this. Please bring your pet to our veterinary professionals once a year. It’s the best way to detect and address health issues or assure you that there aren’t any. We hope that you achieve every one of your New Year’s resolutions this year!
Here at Mount Carmel Animal Hospital, We’ll Treat Your Pets Like Family!
Mount Carmel Animal Hospital has been serving the Northern Baltimore/Southern York community for over 30 years and is proud to be an independently operated, small animal practice committed to excellence in veterinary medicine and client service. From grooming to wellness services, along with Canine Life Skills Training Courses, and surgical procedures, we have the expertise that will best serve the needs of you and your pet. Contact us at 410-343-0200 and follow us on Facebook!