New Year’s Resolutions for Pets
on January 5, 2016
Posted in Cats
Spend more time exercising your pet. If you normally walk your dog a few minutes a day, try to increase that by 5 minutes weekly until you are walking at least 30 minutes a day. This is good for you and your dog. A well exercised dog is healthy and psychologically happier. Dogs who get appropriate exercise have fewer behavioural issues and act out less. If you own a cat, spend that time playing with the cat–cats love attention and can benefit from the exercise as well.
Invest in the best food you can for your pet. Whether you are feeding a store bought brand or homemade, have a look at your pet’s nutrition. We can all improve our nutrition including that of our pets. Remember good food can help your pet with weight loss as well as improve his or her health.
Add daily supplements to your pet’s diet. There are many great supplements your pet can take on a daily basis to improve his health. Please see our separate blog article on this.
Invest in your pet’s health. Take him or her to your veterinarian at least once yearly. Pets do not need yearly vaccinations but they do require at least yearly exams. If you are interested in natural medicine find a holistic veterinarian who can advise you on natural nutrition, holistic medication and other preventive measures that can help with pet longevity.
Teach your pet a new trick or spend some time training every day. This is exciting for your pet and you and will make you a better owner. It is also a lot of fun!
If you do not own a pet, or if you have more room in your family consider adopting another pet from the local humane society. There are many pets that need forever homes.
If you cannot have a pet where you live, consider volunteering at your local animal shelter. More volunteers are always needed. If you cannot volunteer, consider a financial gift to your local shelter.
Evaluate what you and your pet need to do in 2016 to improve your pet’s wellbeing!
Happy New Year!
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Janice Huntingford, DVM, has been in veterinary practice for over 30 years and has founded two veterinary clinics since receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She has studied extensively in both conventional and holistic modalities. Ask Dr. Jan