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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

NY dogIt’s almost time for 2014 resolutions! Most people’s goals include things like personal growth, fitness, and financial stability. If you’re a pet owner, you might also consider including your pets in your resolutions for the year to come.

For a senior pet, excellent resolutions might include:

  1. Gentle daily grooming: A light brushing session every day will keep an elderly dog or cat’s coat looking nice and allow for some bonding time.
  2. Ten minutes of quality time every day: Ten minutes may not sound like much, but it’s a good idea to set aside some time together each and every day. This is especially true if there are other, younger pets in the home.
  3. Staying on top of medical issues: Do a thorough hands-on evaluation of your senior pets every week. Health issues that are caught early are often easier to treat.

For a younger pet, some good resolutions could include:

  1. A daily exercise regimen: A long walk every day in addition to some play time is usually sufficient for dogs. For cats, opt for interactive cat toys. As an extra benefit, well exercised pets tend to have fewer behavior problems.
  2. Sign up for a training class: Dogs enjoy learning and thrive on companionship, so a training class is the perfect opportunity to bond and learn together.
  3. Start saving: Make a commitment to setting aside money for veterinary bills. Unfortunately, accidents and illnesses do occur, so it’s best to be prepared.

Happy New Year!

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