A man with his two dogsWhen the end of December rolls around, we all know the drill. Take an honest look at our lifestyles and habits, note where improvement is needed, write it down, and promise ourselves that this year we will finally stick to the much needed changes.

In most cases, our pets’ lives could use some tidying up as well. Our furry companions rely on us for everything, which is why it’s often easier to keep promises to them than to ourselves!  If you’re having trouble getting started, let The Pet Experts help! We’ve outlined some of our favorite New Year’s resolutions for pet owners that are simple, effective, and easy to start on today or anytime.

Our Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions For Pet Owners

Not surprisingly, many of the most important New Year’s resolutions for pet owners are commonly found on our own self care to-do lists. The best part is that, by improving the health and vitality of our pets, we may find that our own lives become brighter at the same time.

Get moving – Have you been spending a little too much time on the couch and not enough time outdoors lately? If you’re feeling the effects of lack of exercise, you can be sure your pet is too. Fortunately, a daily walk, game of fetch, or indoor play session may be all that is needed to remedy the situation for both of you.

Improve dental health – Did you know that most pets have some signs of dental disease by the time they reach age 3? Untreated dental disease can affect the kidneys, heart, and other major organs and lead to serious problems for your pet. By brushing their teeth daily and making sure to follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for professional cleanings you…

The daily brush – Dogs and cats both benefit from regular brushing sessions. Besides removing excess hair and stimulating blood flow to the skin, grooming gives you a chance to see and feel for any lumps, bumps, injuries, or other abnormalities on your pet’s skin. Even pets who don’t enjoy being brushed (meow) can be trained to tolerate it with time and patience.

Conquer boredom – Environmental enrichment is a hugely important area of life for any living creature, especially those that spend most or all of their time indoors. Providing your pet with fun activities can be as simple as a food puzzle and as elaborate as a catio. Anything that engages their senses and challenges their brains, while remaining within the realm of safety, can be a worthwhile endeavor.

Create a pet-friendly home – When was the last time you took a discerning look around your home for any potential dangers to your pet? Cleaning products, people food, garage chemicals, and backpacks left within reach are all common hazards to our pet’s health and longevity. Consider taking a few minutes to go through each room in your home and reposition or lock up anything that could pose a danger to your sweet pet.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for pet owners this year? Post them on our facebook page, or let us know the next time you see us at The Pet Experts at Elmhurst Animal Care Center!