With the beginning of a brand new year, all dog owners have an opportunity to make a fresh start for our pets who need a bit of a shake up with their routine.
Take a look at some resolutions to make 2017 your dog’s best year so far:
Try A New Dog-Friendly Exercise Routine
Whether it’s hiking, dog yoga, or even kayaking, starting a new activity with your dog is easier than ever. Not only is it a great way to bond, but it also lets both pets and owners get all the benefits of healthy physical routines. If you’re not too sure how to start, you can join a group with other pet parents so they can reap the rewards of a new activity as well!
Accurately Measure Meals Each Day
Let’s face it — we’ve all had to estimate our pet’s daily food now and then before serving it to them. This unfortunately leads to overfeeding, going over their daily required intake, and unwanted weight gain. It’s crucial to use a suitable measuring cup to make sure your dog isn’t eating or absorbing more calories than they should. If your vet hasn’t provided a recommended calorie limit, you can also check the feeding guidelines found on your pet food bags. Remember that when it comes to senior dogs, they have significantly lower caloric needs compared to younger dogs.
Make Sure Your Pet ID Info Is Up To Date
As time passes, a lot of things can change — whether it’s moving to a new apartment or changing phone numbers. Many pet parents forget to update the contact information in their pet’s tags. If any of your info has changed, don’t wait until it’s too late! Make time to update their microchip information and tags as soon as possible. This way, your pet will always make their way home safe.
Keep Your Date With Your Vet!
Annual pet examinations by the vet is a key part of optimal preventive care. Health conditions common to pets such as obesity, arthritis and diabetes usually manifest in senior pets, but they are much easier to handle when spotted in its beginning stages. These regular vet visits are also the best time to ask for advice on pet food, care, or behavioral issues that you’re concerned about.