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5 New Year's Resolutions for Pet Owners

Posted by Holly Everett on Dec 29, 2017 11:04:00 AM

We all love to create a list of personal and professional goals to work on in the New Year; save money, go to the gym, spend more time with family, apply for a promotion, donate to a charity. During your journey to improve yourself in 2018, why not try to make your pet’s life a little happier and healthier, too?

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Including your furry friend on a journey to a healthier 2018 will not only improve their health, but will improve your bond and increase happiness for everyone!

1. Take your dog on regular walks
Not only will a 30 minute walk help your physical and mental health, it will help your furry friend. One of the leading health issues for dogs is obesity and taking 30 minutes out of your day to clear your head and walk with your best friend will be mutually beneficial!

2. Feed your dog less table food
While some foods are safe to feed dogs, many table foods don’t help with the rising obesity rates in dogs. Cutting down on the amount of table scraps given to dogs can help keep their weight down and will keep their diet on track.

3. Brush your dog’s teeth
With Pet Dental Health Month approaching, it’s especially important to focus on gum and tooth health in dogs. Inflamed and receding gums can occur if teeth are not brushed, causing your pet pain and leading to expensive medical procedures.

4. Play with your dog
If you don’t get to spend enough time outside with your dog, just five or ten minutes of fetch outside will strengthen your bond and make them feel loved!

5. Work on your dog’s behavior problems
Does your dog have any behavior issues that could be modified with some training? Dedicate some time each day to train and eventually eliminate the behavior problem, making life better for you and your dog!

Topics: Pet Health

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