The holiday season is wrapping up,with just one more blow-out to go, New Year’s Eve. Not only is New Year’s a time for celebration, it’s a time for reflection. Many of us spend time during the season identifying New Year’s resolutions, or commitments for change you intend to accomplish during the coming year. Usually our resolutions are health related, like losing weight or quitting smoking, but it could also be spiritual, or relationship related.
New Year’s resolutions, while a noble endeavor, have become the punchline for many jokes as most people make them with all good intentions and then by the 2nd or 3rd week of January, those good intentions have gone out the door. If you don’t believe me, just go to any fitness facility the first week of January and again the first week of February and you’ll see the difference!
Your pets can’t make resolutions, but you can certainly create some resolutions for making their lives better or healthier. Here’s some ideas:
- Be more careful about their nutrition: read their food labels, stay away from ingredients you know are bad for them and try to give them the most nutritious food you can afford. Check out our Healthy Ingredients series for tips on what ingredients are good and which ones should be avoided.
- Exercise them more: Not all pets need exercise, but if you have a dog or cat, it’s important to get them out into the fresh air for some good old-fashioned exercise. You have the added benefit of it being good for YOU to
- Challenge their minds: Everyone loves puzzles, they are fun and stimulate your brain and give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete it. The same holds true for your pets. More and more food puzzles can be found in the pet store nowadays, so find one that’s suitable for your pet and have some fun.
- Play with them more: As we said in our Holiday Gift post, the perfect gift for your pet is time with you – it’s what they want most, so indulge them and reap the benefits yourself. Studies show people with pets are healthier and live longer.
- Make sure they get regular checkups: One of the most important duties as a pet parent is to safeguard the health and well being of your pet. Annual exams with your vet are important and so is a visit whenever something seems off. Our pets are not great at communicating illness, so it’s important that you understand what normal behavior is and when they are acting different or irregular,f and get them to the doctor right away.
These are just a few examples of resolutions you could make that involve your pet. The important thing is to stick with them and don’t be one of those pet parents that abandon their good intentions before the end of the month.
Happy New Year!