7 New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Working on a resolution or two for a happier, healthier new year? Consider including some for your pet!

Setting and conquering goals together is a great way to bond with your pet and pick up some mutually beneficial habits. Need some inspiration to get started? Here are seven New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet.

#7: Learn a New Trick

Who said you can’t teach an old dog (or cat!) new tricks? From trick training to agility, helping your pet develop new skills provides much-needed mental and physical stimulation, improves obedience and positive behavior, and strengthens your bond. Plus, it’s fun to show off your pet’s talent to family and friends.

Staying hydrated is essential for your pet's health.

#6: Drink More Water

Staying hydrated is essential for your pet’s health and your own, helping to regulate body temperature, flush waste and bacteria, and promote skin health. Remember to refresh your pet’s water bowl daily—and when you see him taking a sip, don’t forget to take one yourself.

#5: Stress Less

Envious of your pet’s carefree lifestyle? You might be surprised to learn that dogs and cats experience stress and anxiety, too. Changes in your pet’s environment, loud noises, and even boredom can all affect your pet’s wellbeing. Once you’ve ruled out any underlying health issues with your veterinarian, there are several ways to help alleviate your pet’s anxiety at home. Engaging your dog in a game of fetch or enriching your indoor cat’s environment with toys and perches is a great way to provide physical and mental stimulation and fight boredom. Plus, studies have shown that interacting with a pet helps relieve your own stress as well.

#4: Enjoy the Outdoors

Pro tip: A tired pup is a happy and healthy pup. Most dog breeds need at least one hour of physical activity each day—and taking a trip outside is a great way to get out that extra energy. Regular walks outside with your dog or cat (leashed, of course!) are also a great bonding experience. It’s a win-win!

#3: Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

Don’t forget to brush those canine teeth! Dental disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans—and it’s just as easy to prevent with regular brushing. Not sure where to start? A dental exam is the first step. Your veterinarian will assess your pet’s dental health, recommend a professional cleaning if necessary, and work with you to develop a home care plan to keep your pet’s teeth healthy for years to come.

#2: Maintain a Healthy Weight

Did you know over half of all pets in the US are overweight or obese? Overweight pets are more susceptible to health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even certain forms of cancer. A proper diet and regular exercise routine are essential for keeping your pet—and yourself—healthy and fit.

#1: Schedule a Checkup

What could be greater than good health? Just as you see your doctor regularly, it is important to visit the veterinarian at least once a year to ensure your pet is happy and healthy—and to catch any potential health problems before they begin.

How can we help you and your pet reach your 2019 goals? Contact us or schedule an appointment today! We are located on the border of Montgomery and Berks County and service the Gilbertsville, Boyertown, Pottstown Pa and surrounding areas.

 

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