The start of a new year is a great time to set new goals. While some of you will set goals such as losing weight, exercising more, or saving more money, why not jazz up your New Year’s resolutions? Actually, have you ever thought about setting new resolutions with your pet?
With all the love and joy they bring into our lives every day, it’s important that the health and happiness of our furry friends are among our top priorities for the new year ahead. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions for pets.
Get fitter together
This could be the year you and your furry friend get more active. Why not go for more walks together? Or you could try a new sport, such as agility, especially if you have a very active dog! These are both great ways to bond with your pooch, plus they get their daily exercise requirements fulfilled - and so do you. It's a win-win!
Try a new activity
Who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks? From doga to hiking, cani-cross to kayaking, there are plenty of ways to include your dog in a new activity. You will both exercise more and you’ll have fun doing it. Plus, learning a new trick is really good for your pet's mental health!
Spend quality time together by introducing more playtime
Incorporating more playtime into your daily routine will not only benefit your pet's health (because they'll be getting more exercise and mental stimulation), but it will also strengthen the bond you have with them. You could play hide and seek with your dog for example. Cats love to chase things, why not get a laser toy and trigger that predatory instinct of theirs?
Watch your pet’s diet
A PDSA study found that the main reasons for excessive body weight in dogs is because of a lack of exercise and accidental overfeeding. It's our job as responsible pet parents to measure our pet’s food and make sure they get enough physical activity.
Get a vet checkup
Don't forget to go to the vet at least once a year. It’s important that the vet examines your dog or cat to make sure your animal is healthy and to detect any potential diseases.
Get pampered more often
We all deserve to be pampered, it’s good for our bodies and mind. Well, it goes without saying that it's the same for pets. Brush your cat’s coat more often so that it stays soft and shiny. Brush your dog's teeth several times a week to avoid dental disease, and get their nails trimmed regularly.
Be more sustainable
Unfortunately, our pets also have an ecological footprint. But the good news is, there are plenty of ways to limit the ecological impact of a dog or a cat. You could for example, choose your litter carefully, buy sustainable toys, buy second hand accessories, and compost dog and cat hair.
Be more sociable
This could be the year where you and your pet make new friends (yes even your cat, especially if they're a sociable cat). Get out more, join group walks, make sure your dog gets to meet as many humans, dogs and other animals as possible!
Create a safe, happy home and garden for your pet
Secure your house by making sure all potential harmful substances are kept in a safe place that your pet can’t reach. When it comes to securing your garden, do your research on which plants are toxic for dogs and cats.
Many dogs and cats are looking for a forever home and rescue centres are struggling to look after all of them. You can help by donating. Your dog or cat would be proud of you if you helped one of their furry companions.
We hope we have managed to inspire you for your New Year’s resolutions. We wish you all a Happy New Year and we hope all your dreams come true.