As a good pet parent it's important to be sure that your pet is healthy, happy and well-cared for. Your pets provide you with unconditional love, so make sure you show them how much they mean to you by resolving to treat them to their best possible life.
Here are 8 things you need to do in 2016:
Count Calories - To keep your pet’s weight in check, you need to be measuring their food. Don’t just eyeball the portions. It’s important to use a measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need. You vet can tell you how much food and how many calories (including snacks and treats) what your pet needs based on their age, activity level and other factors.
Try a New Activity - There are so many ways to include your pet into your own activities and it’s a great way to bond. Think about yoga (dog) hiking, running even kayaking. You’ll both pet will reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity.
Get More Playtime - Find time to get your pet off the couch and play indoors.More playtime will get your pet engaged, provide bonding time and give them more aerobic activity.Try lasers, catnip toys, new tug toys, anything (even a box) that will get your pet moving and more physically active.
See Your Vet - Make a date for your pet’s yearly exam. Many medical conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, or obesity are common in aging pets and much easier to manage when detected early. Vet visits are also the perfect time to ask for advice, update your pet’s food, or get an expert opinion on any behavioral issues that may be affecting your bonding with your pet.
Get Grooming (Daily) - Brushing removes excess fur from the coat, reducing the amount you find on your clothes and furniture. It also helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. Daily grooming is also a great bonding activity and can sooth your pet.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene - It’s not easy to perform daily toothbrushing on your pet, but it is the best way to prevent tartar and plaque. The build up of both can lead to tooth decay and other health issues. In addition to daily brushing, you can also give your pet treats designed to reduce tartar, but you’ll also need schedule regular yearly cleanings by your bet to ensure your pet’s teeth are healthy for their lifetime.
Try Some New Tricks - Keeping your pet mentally stimulated can actually make them healthier. And by teaching your pet new tricks and practicing those they already know are a great way to keep them mentally sharp. Keep your pet’s mind engaged with puzzle feeders, or giving them treats and rewards for thinking through a trick that uses their mind.
Update Pet Info - Over the course of a year people move, get new phone numbers, and forget to update their pet’s tags. Often they only remember once the pet is lost. If any of your contact information has changed update your pet’s ID, tags and microchip information.