Man walks dog in Brooklyn Heights during a winter snowstormIt’s that time again. The holiday decadence is almost over, and if you’re like most people, you’re probably looking for a few ways to turn over a new leaf in 2017. Whether it’s losing weight, getting in shape, or quitting a bad habit, we can always find an area of our lives to put to the test.

While you’re considering your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to include your four-legged family members. There are probably a few ways you can improve upon the health, safety, comfort, and happiness of your pet, and what better time to start a new routine than January 1st?

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Live With

Make this the year of improved health and wellness for you and your pet with the following ideas for resolutions:

  1. Get off the couch – You knew we were going to mention this one, so we might as well get it out of the way first. Obesity in pets and people is on the rise in the U.S., and health challenges, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and joint problems, are just the tip of the iceberg. By committing to a daily walk (even in the cold), game of fetch, feather chase or laser pointer play, agility training, or other form of exercise, you will be improving the health of your pet, and yourself.
  2. Those pearly whites – You brush your teeth every day and visit the dentist for checkups and cleanings, but does your pet? Good dental care is an essential component of health and well-being for both people and animals. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a professional dental cleaning for your pet.
  3. Shape up – Behavior challenges in pets can be upsetting and unsettling for both you and your pet. We offer a variety of training courses for dogs of all ages at Elmhurst Animal Care Center. Give us a call for a behavioral consultation.
  4. Get chipped – Give yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing your dog or cat can be easily found and returned to you in the event he or she goes missing. Make sure your pet’s microchip is up-to-date and that he or she is always wearing a collar with current ID tags. If you haven’t had your pet microchipped yet, give us a call to schedule an appointment.
  5. More snuggles, please! – Studies show that spending time with pets has a variety of health benefits for humans, including lowered blood pressure and a decrease in depression. Vow to set aside a few minutes each day to shower your pet with the love and affection he or she deserves.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for yourself and your pet? Let The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center know by posting on our Facebook page or other social media, or chat with us about it the next time you’re in the office.

We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!