Another new year, another fresh start. Time to plan and layout goals and objectives to achieve a better life. Whilst you are at it, why not include a number of New Year’s resolutions for your pets too? Give your furry friends a healthier lifestyle by adding these goals to your resolutions list this year.
Goal #1: Match your pet’s food with his age.
Start choosing an age-appropriate diet for your furry companion. Cats and dogs in various life stages have different nutritional requirements. Age-appropriate pet food has been created to meet the various nutritional needs as your furry friend ages. It is never a bad idea to discuss the right diet for your pet with your vet.
Goal #2: Start food-quantity measurement.
Avoid guessing the amount of food that you give to your pet since this can lead to overfeeding which could cause obesity. Measuring your pet’s food is scientifically proven to aid in weight loss and prevent obesity. Thus, make it a habit to measure his food. Be sure to read the feeding guideline of the pet food. Check if the amount of portions you have scooped out is correct by using a measuring cup or scale.
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Goal #3: Brush your furry friend’s teeth regularly.
Did you know that around 85% of our pets have gum diseases when they reach three years of age? Dental problems can morph into bigger health issues such as respiratory infections, diabetes, and heart problems. Prevent these diseases from affecting your pet by brushing his teeth regularly. If your furry friend is not fond of having his teeth cleaned daily, aim to do it at least twice a week. Make sure to pick a toothpaste that is specifically designed for pets as our toothpaste can be toxic for them.
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Goal #4: Do not miss a day without exercise.
Exercise is proven to make us and our furry companions feel lively and energetic. It makes our brain release endorphins, a hormone that boosts happiness and relieves stress. So strive to exercise your pet every day. It does not mean that you need to go on a mile hike to achieve great results. Spending a minimum of thirty minutes walking your pooch or playing catch-the-feather with your cat a day is enough to keep them active and in tip-top shape.
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Goal #5: Keep your contact details up to date.
If you have changed your e-mail address, phone number, or mailing address, be sure to update your information with the vet, groomer, pet-sitter, and most importantly, your pet’s ID tag and microchip. Keep in mind that without the right contact details, your pet’s microchip is ineffective.
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Goal #6: Start a pet savings fund.
Although we wish that our furry companions will have a safe and healthy life this new year, crises may still arise. If you do not have pet insurance, it is best to spare some of your cash for an emergency fund for your pet’s medical needs. Having extra money is extremely helpful if ever your furry friend is in need of urgent treatment.
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Goal #7: Do not skip out on vet appointments.
At times, visiting the vet can be a chore; however, it is important not to miss it. Preventative care is crucial to make sure that your pet stays healthy and free from illnesses. How often you should take your furry friend to the vet for checkups depends on his age. It is recommended that younger pets need to have monthly wellness exams. That is, once every three to four weeks until they reached fourteen months, following a basic vaccine schedule.
Senior dogs need vet check-ups every six months. This is because they have more specific health needs and are more prone to age-related injuries and health issues. Healthy adult pet requires to undergo a complete physical check-up at least once per year.
Goal #8: Create a bucket list for senior pets.
Make the last phase of your furry companion memorable by making a bucket list. Think of activities that you think will set your faithful furry buddy’s tail wagging. Whilst it is exciting to take him for adventurous trips, keep in mind that he should not be undertaking strenuous activities or anything that can cause him stress. Consider consulting a vet beforehand to make sure the activities you have planned is suited for your furry companion.