6 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

A new year is upon us, and it is the perfect time to make changes. Many people make resolutions that benefit their own lives, but you can also make some that will benefit your pet. Whether you just adopted a pet over the holidays or are a long-time pet owner, resolve to start this year out on the right foot and enhance your pet’s health and well-being all year long. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Serve a healthier diet.

Cut out the extra snacks and table scraps and measure your pet’s food to reduce excess calories and keep your dog or cat’s weight in check. Give them a well-balanced pet food and use fresh fruits or vegetables as an occasional treat. You want to make sure they are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients they need without unnecessary fats, carbs, cholesterol, or additives.

2. Keep moving.

Set a goal to go on more walks, or longer walks. Plan them into your schedule as a nice break for you and your dog. Maybe you want to check out a nearby dog park, take your pup on your morning run, or spend more time tossing a ball or frisbee in the backyard. No matter what you choose to do, the important thing is to keep moving. Regular exercise is essential for your pet’s health.

3. Pet-proof your home.

Have you gotten a little lax with your safety or organization? Make sure that cleaning products, chemicals, and other toxins are locked up or stored out of your pet’s reach. Double-check that your plants are pet-friendly and don’t pose a threat if your cat chooses to chew on them. Tuck away electrical cords and keep animals away from fireplaces, candles, and space heaters.

4. Engage in training.

Training can be a fun way to stimulate your dog’s mind and teach them new things while also improving their behavior and safety. There are plenty of training programs you can use, or you can try teaching them simple commands on your own. Whether you are practicing the basics like sit, stay, or heel, or you’re working on getting them to shake paws or roll over, it can be something enjoyable and rewarding that you do together.

5. Spend quality time together.

Simply enjoy spending more time together, whether you’re out exploring the park or snuggling on the couch watching tv. Get down on the floor and sit with your pet, giving them plenty of belly rubs and scratches behind the ears. It can be calming for both you and them. If you’re gone at work all day, make it a point to pay attention to your pet in the evening.

6. Get your pet microchipped.

Show them you care by getting them microchipped just in case. You never know when they might accidentally sneak out of an open door, pull away on their leash, or get spooked and run. Make sure all of your contact information is up to date and linked to their microchip.

Another way to protect your pet and be a better pet parent is to board your dog or cat while you’re away. Have peace of mind knowing that they are safe and well cared for during your absence. You can even get your dog groomed while you are there to keep them looking and feeling their best! Another great resolution. Contact Lake Wylie Pet Resort today to book your pet’s next stay.