7 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners and their Pets

Pet Owners Do's and Don'ts

Leading animal welfare blog, BestPetJobs.com, is urging all Pet Owners to use the New Year as a fresh opportunity to develop and enhance their pet ownership habits.

All pet owners have an important responsibility to work on being better pet parents. From dental care to exercise and nutrition, having a realistic set of resolutions for 2013 will undoubtedly make your pets happier and healthier.

Animal Aid has some New Year’s Resolutions to consider:

  1. Regular vet visits will help with early identification and treatment of any ailments that your pet may develop. Yearly check-ups are advisable but biannual visits are best.
  2. Check your pet’s teeth on a weekly basis and have your vet show you how you can prevent dental disease through diet and regular brushing. Pets with bad breath are not normal.
  3. Get moving with your pet. Regular exercise and play will keep both owner and pet very happy and healthy.
  4. Pets depend on their owners to supply and regulate their nutrition. Make 2013 the year that you focus on a well-balanced and good-quality diet. Your pet will reap the benefits.
  5. Grooming your pet is also very important. Whether you wash and groom them yourself or take them to a professional, your pet will feel fantastically clean and smelling wonderful.
  6. Microchipping is a must but is only as good as the information provided. Ensure your contact details are up to date.
  7. Love and attention are critical and may not be as obvious as it seems. With so many of us time poor, investing time in our pets may be a challenge but is so important to commit to. Whether it is protecting pets against bad weather, loneliness or boredom, pets deserve TLC.

According to Animal Aid Senior Vet, Dr. Elise Vogt, New Year’s resolutions are always a challenge to fulfill for the humble human.

“However, by sharing the resolution with your four-legged friend – whether it is to exercise more or eat better foods, the resolution may become easier to fulfill,” she said.

“What is important is that you set realistic resolutions that can be achieved in a positive way and not be seen as an arduous task. Your pet will thank you for it.”

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