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2014 New Year’s resolutions for pet parents

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A new year is upon us. While many humans are busy making New Year resolutions to improve their outlook, what about the animals with whom they spend their lives? Here is a list of suggested New Year’s resolutions for pet parents in 2014.

  1. Get them active. Most pets in America are overweight to obese, just like the human population. Both pets and people could use more exercise in their day to day lives. Make it a point this year to take your dog on more walks and to play with your cat to get them moving.
  2. Treat them right. Obesity in pets and people often goes hand in hand with a poor diet. That includes eating food that isn’t high quality and ingesting too much quantity on a regular basis. Just as you’re likely planning to eat better in 2014, take the time to really get to know what your pet is eating, then to research and talk to your vet to find out how you can improve your pet’s diet.
  3. Visit the vet. Speaking of talking to the vet, make sure your dog or cat is healthy by bringing him or her to the vet. Not only will they be evaluated for any health issues, they can get important inoculations that could someday save their lives. Rabies and distemper are preventable, among a whole host of other common pet illnesses. Talk to your vet about whether you should also vaccinate against Lyme disease, parvo kennel cough and more.
  4. Make emergency plans. In Minnesota, we are subject to a range of severe weather patterns, from thunderstorms and tornados to snowstorms and blizzards. Can you imagine being stuck in the house for a week without cat litter? Just as it is safer for us to have food and water on hand in case of emergency, it’s safer for your pets if you have extra food, water and other provisions on hand.
  5. Play new games. So far everything in the list has been practical, but this one is fun. Buy new toys for the cats and take the dogs to a new park. Maybe you can even plan a camping vacation specifically with the idea in mind to take along your dog. Whatever your new game is, the experience will enhance the bond with your pet, which is just as important as food, exercise and good health.

It’s simple, really, the same types of resolutions you would make for yourself, you can make for your pet. The difference is that they count on you to carry through for them. Making resolutions for your pets can help you keep to your own. It’s easy to make excuses for yourself, but when it comes to the health of someone you love, it could be easier to take Fido for an extra long walk or serve lean chicken for yourself and Fluffy.

Additionally, if you’re having a New Year’s Eve party tonight, keep these New Year’s pet safety tips in mind.


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