The calendar has rolled over to a brand new year and with that comes the dreaded New Year resolutions. Though setting a resolution may mean setting ourselves up for yet another unfulfilled promise it doesn't mean we can't do something for others. This year instead of making a resolution for yourself, make one for your pet. Here are a few to consider:
1. Walk your dog: Try walking your dog at least once a day. After being cooped up inside the house, it's good for your dog to stretch and get some exercise in the fresh air. Dogs should be walked up to 30 minutes a day depending on the age, size and breed of your pup.
2. Help pets lose weight: If your dog is overweight or obese, then do them a favor by helping them lose weight. Combining a healthy, portion-controlled diet with exercise will ensure a slimmer and happier pet.
3. Take your pet to the vet: According to Dr. Pawz, D.C. veterinarian featured on WTOP radio station, pets eight years and younger should go to the veterinarian once a year and dogs older than eight should go twice a year. As pets age health problems can develop, so make sure to take your dog to their yearly check-up.
4. Donate to a local animal shelter: Don't have a pet but want to help animals? Give back to those animals who do not have a family by donating money or volunteering at a local shelter. Some local organizations in the D.C. area include the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Washington Humane Society, Humane Society of Fairfax County and the Baltimore Humane Society.
Not only will your dog be happier with these resolutions, but it will strengthen your human-animal relationship. Plus, knowing you are helping your dog will make you feel better about yourself.