The 7 Healthy Resolutions For Your Pet (plus 3 ways to help animals with special needs in 2015)
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for humans; our furry friends can benefit from a fresh and healthy outlook when the calendar clicks over into 2015 (though they may need a little encouragement from you). Here are seven proactive ways you can help the pet in your life, plus three easy ways to help animals who face special health challenges every day:
1) Re-evaluate their diet. Long gone are the days of one-size-fits-all approach to pet nutrition. Many common allergens (wheat, dairy) that affect humans can affect pets as well and their overall health can me improved greatly by tailoring a diet to their age, breed, and activity level. Read labels, do your research, and most importantly, talk to your vet about what they personally recommend for your pet.
2) Engage their imagination. Animals are much more likely to become active if their senses are tickled. Laser pointers for cats are an easy way to perk up even the laziest of felines (we recommend checking out these helpful tips for safely using laser pointers with your kitty from Jackson Galaxy). Also keep in mind that most animals need play not just for exercise reasons, but to stimulate their need for personal playtime with their human companions.
4) Workout with them. It’s common wisdom that hitting the gym with a pal can motivate you to keep your workout commitments, but there’s no reason that pal can’t be your fur baby. Whether they’re just following along with your morning yoga routine, or hitting the running trails with you, research shows that tandem workouts are beneficial and bonding.
Watch this: Hilarious Pets Interrupting Yoga!
5) Make exercise fun. You get bored with your workout routine and so do they. Try a different trail, a different park, or a different adventure altogether. Instead of your regular run, revisit a classic game of fetch and bring a sense of play back into the mix.
6) Don’t neglect their teeth. Both cats and dogs are at risk for periodontal diseases that can have serious long-term health consequences. If you don’t already regularly brush their teeth, now is the time to start.
7) Get them in for their check-up, especially if they’re older. We understand: they hate it and therefore you hate it, but the only thing worse than a grumpy cat en route to the vet is the moment when you realize they now have an ailment that could have been avoided with simple preventative care. Don’t put it off.
LET’S ALL RESOLVE TO HELP MORE ANIMALS STAY HEALTHY IN 2015!
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