Just as humans like to make New Year’s resolutions, in hopes of improving their lives, January is also a great time to make resolutions for your pet, to make sure his or her life is also as healthy and happy as possible. Following are several ways to keep your pet healthy through these specific New Year’s resolutions:
Have a healthier diet – one good, solid resolution for your pet is to make a renewed effort to measure your pet’s food, each time he or she eats, to offer a more balanced diet, especially for those pets who tend to put on extra pounds. In addition, reading the ingredients on your pet’s food, to make sure the food is high-quality and healthy for your specific pet’s needs and age, is also important. A lot can change in a year. Now is a good time to reassess. A high-quality diet can make a huge difference in the quality of your pet’s eyes, skin, muscles, joints and intestinal system.
Daily exercise – Since 45% of Americans are overweight, along with 54% of dogs and 59% of cats, it looks like we all could use an effective exercise program. Obesity contributes to a large percentage of health issues, for all of us, so now is a good time to look at your own exercise regime and your pet’s. There are many activities available, such as hide and seek, obstacle courses, stairs and even fetch to give you and your pet a nice workout.
Update microchips – have you moved? Do you have a new phone number? Studies have shown that microchipped dogs are 2.4 times more likely to be found, and cats are 21.4 times more likely to be found. Now is a good time to update your pet’s tags and microchip information.
Grooming – grooming is a great way to bond with your pet. This practice also helps distribute necessary oils to keep your pet’s skin from becoming too dry, and also helps him or her have a shinier coat. Daily grooming also helps reduce or eliminate unwanted fur.
Daily dental hygiene routine – along with an effective daily dental hygiene program using pet toothpaste, making sure your pet sees a veterinarian regularly for a complete oral examination that includes a proper teeth cleaning to help keep tartar and plaque under control.
Annual exams – seeing a veterinarian yearly is a key factor in preventative care. Many medical conditions can be easier to treat when detected in the early stages. Immunizations can also be updated, and any other concerns can be discussed.
New Year’s resolutions are a great way to start a whole new year. Let NorCal Vet help you create a regime for your pet that will help him or her enjoy the highest quality life possible. Call today at (415) 413-7363.