It’s that time of year again! New year, new me right? We’re at that stage of the year where the gyms are full, the vegetable aisles are empty and the highlighters and daily planners are out in full force.
We all use the coming of the new year as a means to better ourselves in terms of our careers, our happiness, and our health and well-being – but perhaps this year we should think about how we can be the best mommies and daddies to our fur kids in 2019!
Here are some helpful tips on how to be pet owner of the year!
Yearly check-ups with your local vet are never a bad idea. Many dangerous medical conditions, such as arthritis, obesity and diabetes, are common in senior pets and are much easier to manage when they are detected early on.
We often think that while we are away at work, our fur babies are running amuck at home and having a ball – but this is not always the case. Most of the time, our pets are just lying around waiting for us to get back, so that we can give them the attention they’ve been craving all day. Even just 15 minutes of playtime a day can strengthen your bond with your pets and fulfil their desire for attention.
Most owners just “eyeball” the amount of food they give their pets everyday and this can often result in overfeeding and weight gain. It is important, as a pet owner, to seek professional advice on the amount of calories your pet is supposed to be taking in based on their age, size and breed, and then using that information to set up a strict diet regime that ensures your pet is happy and healthy!
You need regular dental care and brush your teeth everyday – why wouldn’t your pets? Clean teeth and good dental health are a must when it comes to your fur children. Good oral hygiene can lead to better breath, less toothache and the prevention of a number of harmful diseases and teeth wear out.
When last did you check your fur baby’s ID tag? Is the contact number still correct? When last did you renew your pet’s microchip? Is it still working and valid? We often only realise how out of date our pet’s identification is when they get lost. Having up to date ID tags and valid microchips is the best way to ensure that your lost fur babies make it back home safely.
Doing something fun and interesting with your pet is a great way for you to bond with them and to get both of you out of the house for a bit. Meet-up groups are a great way to find like-minded pet owners to join you in your exercise, too!
And there you have it! These are six of the best new year’s resolutions for pet owners who want to improve their pet’s quality of life in 2019!
Author: Andrea Wilkins
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