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Don’t Forget to Make New Years Resolution’s for Your Petsj

dog and owner on beachWhat New Year’s Resolutions did you make this year? If you resolved to lose weight, exercise more or reduce stress, you’re not alone.

What about the family pets? Did you make any resolutions for them? Weight, exercise and stress-related changes can – and should – also apply to your pets.

This year, why not resolve to:

  • Take your dog out for more walks – they’re good for both of you. Aside from the health benefit, walking can be a bonding experience for you and your pet.
  • Be sure your pet gets regular physical examinations – at least annually, more often for older pets.
  • If your pets are overweight, talk with your vet about putting them on a weight reduction plan.
  • Schedule playtime with your pet(s). You’ll be amazed how much stress can be alleviated with just a few enjoyable minutes of pet play.
  • Brush your pet’s coat regularly. Best Friends groomers note that at-home grooming presents a wonderful opportunity to bond.
  • Take care of your pet’s teeth, using a toothbrush and toothpaste designed for pets.
  • Schedule regular professional grooming appointments. Your pet’s skin and coat will feel and look better and healthier.
  • Make sure your pets have current identification tags on at ALL times.
  • Buckle up – your pet as well as you. Unrestrained pets in the car are dangerous to you and them. (Many Best Friends Pet Care centers carry pet harnesses and car seats. Check your local Best Friends for availability and prices).
  • Create a safer home environment for your pet. Cover electrical cords, which are extremely hazardous when chewed. Remove potential poisons such as antifreeze and medications, or place them on a higher shelf. Certain houseplants such as dieffenbachia, philodendron, hyacinth, mistletoe, and poinsettia should be kept out of your pet’s reach.
  • Know exactly where your closest animal emergency clinic is. Keep the phone number in a practical place, and include the ASPCA Animal Poison Control hotline number: 888-4ANIHELP (888-426-4435).

If you already do all of these things for your own pets, why not help an animal in need? Ideas include:

  • Supporting your local animal shelter.
  • Donating funds to spay/neuter an animal that needs it, such as a feral cat.
  • Adopting a homeless pet to add to your family. It will make their 2004 – and yours – a little happier.