I have never been one to make a list at the end of the year and resolve to do certain things: lose weight, drink more water, keep a daily gratitude journal, pray more, eat less, and on and on. So when contemplating a Dog’s New Year’s Resolution, I thought it best to call them Intentions. We all should intend to make our lives healthier, strive for contentment rather than more of something, and change some old habits that seem to have weighed us down in the past. Here we’ll explore what we can do for our pets with the “Intentions” of making their lives better for the New Year.
- First, Spend More Quality Time with Your Pets. Dogs especially need daily exercise, so even if it is cold for your Chihuahua, you can make that happen with a nice warm sweater or coat! Offering them new experiences will stimulate their brains and help burn up energy. For cats, interacting with them with catnip-infused toys is enjoyable for both cat and owner! Our pets bring out the best in us with their funny antics and we all need more endorphins in our lives! Having a healthy daily routine for interaction will give your pets security and help you have fun with your pet!
- Then, Get your pet health record up to date. By scheduling an annual vet appointment, you will be able to catch health issues before they become problems. Some pets will need vaccination updates. Consider doing a titer test to see if your dog or cat really needs the vaccines. It might cost a little more, but helps to identify animals that would benefit from vaccination.
- Brush your dog’s teeth daily. Brushing helps eliminate tartar, prevent dental disease, and protect your pet’s overall health. This is true also for cats, and while it might be hard to chase your furball around the house, toothbrush in hand, there are benefits to making this happen with training! Which brings us to the next Intention:
- Attend Obedience Training. Many dogs enjoy the bonding time gained from attending these classes with their owners. Working toward the CGC – Canine Good Citizen Program helps your dog to become a polite member of society. A refresher training every few years is also recommended by dog trainers.
- Choose food and treats made with premium human-grade ingredients. Know the pet food company’s claim and whether they strive for profit or pet health! Also, measure your pet’s portions so that you do not overfeed. That includes how many treats should be offered! Obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that more than 50% of dogs are overweight. And 60% of domestic cats are overweight. Upgrading their diet is a foundation for their good health. Look for food that is developed by pet nutritionists, contains no fillers, and is made with real ingredients. It should be a nutritionally dense and highly digestible food. Also offering high-quality dental chews and a low-carb diet will help improve your fur baby’s breath.
- Start Purposeful Supplementation~ In 2024, choose to add one or two supplements to your pet’s health routine. Pawtree has supplements for gut health, joint support & skin and coat care!
- Schedule a photo shoot with your pet! Sadly, we outlive most of our pets, and for those who are near and dear to us, we need some way to remember the good times with our pets. If you own a pet and are honest…almost all of your phone photos are of your fur baby! Tap into the online ideas for good pet photography or hire someone who has experience. After they are gone, you will be glad you did!
For these and MORE ideas for starting your “Intentions 2024” on the right “paw”, read the Pawtree Blog Here!