7 New Year’s Resolutions to Make for Your Pets!


Shelley Koster
Bartlesville and Grand Lake Realtor

Each year we dedicate the month of January to make resolutions for ourselves. These changes help us to grow and develop as humans. But, what about our pets? Shouldn’t they grow and develop as well?

Our furry friends have a special place in our homes and in our hearts, this year as we dedicate to improve our lifestyles here are seven ways to improve the lives of our pets.

1. Choose an age appropriate diet.

Depending on what type of pet you have this can differ. Diets have many determining factors based on age, breed, and current weight of your animal. You will have to do your research and in some cases, speak with your veterinarian, but strive to get your pet on an age appropriate diet for 2016!

2. Add more activity

Dogs and cats alike can become lethargic and less playful as they get older. This is not good for their health, therefore, incorporate more activity with your pet this year. It will help to boost their mood, well-being, and lifestyle. There is nothing more rewarding than a happy pet!

3. Schedule regular trips to the vet.

The vet is what most dogs fear, but this year, make a point to have your pet routinely checked up on by your veterinarian. This will help to ensure your pet’s health is in peak condition and catch problems early on.

4. Likewise, schedule regular trips to the groomer.

Nothing makes my little dog happier than a trip to the groomer. Having your pet cleaned up and well groomed will make sure that you see less dog hair and muddy paw prints on the carpet. Take time and schedule trips to your groomer this 2016.

5. Update pet information.

Have you relocated? Changed phone numbers? Then this is a friendly reminder to update your pet’s information. Most of us dread the thought of our pet’s being lost or running away from home, but if it does happen, you will want to be ready with correct information on your pet’s tag.

6. Have your pet spayed or neutered.

According to leading veterinarians:

“Early spaying of female dogs and cats can help protect them from some serious health problems later in life such as uterine infections and breast cancer. Neutering your male pet can also lessen its risk of developing benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate gland) and testicular cancer.”

Having your pet spayed and neutered will help to extend their life and prevent diseases.

7. Improve your dog’s social life.

Has your pup become a homebody? Why not take him out somewhere else besides the backyard for exercise? This year strive to take your dog to more dog parks, to let him experience being around other canine friends.

We hope you get the chance to make these changes with your pet. We also want to wish everyone a HAPPY 2016!

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