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New Year's resolution for pets

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From popping champagne, to watching the ball drop, to swearing you are going to drop that extra five pounds, New Year's is one of the most heavily celebrated "holiday's" in the U.S. The popular ritual of setting New Year's resolution is not just for people, though.

Statistics show that not only are 39.9% of Americans, over the age of 20 overweight, but also that about 50% of our household pets. Here are a few ways you can help your pet's reach their New Year's resolution.

Measure you pets food at every feeding. So many of us think that we can eyeball a pets food in the bowl and know it's the correct amount. Often our ideas of basic measurement are even just a little off. You wouldn't eyeball the amount of medication to prescribe someone. That has potentially deadly effects. The same goes for our pet's food, though death from obesity is not always immediate, years of neglect in feeding proportion can still be deadly. This doesn't include if your pet has medical condition in combination with obesity; Complications can kill.

Hiking, walking, swimming, or even including your pet's in an activity you enjoy, such as building a snowman outside, can have exponential effects in improving weight management with you pet. Though, hard to control pets can be difficult to have outside of your home, the more you involve them in these activities, the better the experience will be.

Train your pet. Teaching new tricks and habits that involve physical movement can drastically improve your pet's weight and mental standard. Animals, just like people, eat out of boredom, and sometimes, depression, so giving attention and bringing joy into your pets' life by means of interactive training is very beneficial.

Finally, as any good pet owner knows, scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian can help determine the reason why your pet is obese. Maybe she is elderly and has sore joints, maybe the food your feeding has high fat and calorie content. Monitor your pet for few days prior to your vet visit and take your findings to the veterinarian so you can help in determining the cause of your pet's discomfort and poor health. Taking the bag of dog food which you use can also be helpful, so your vet can make recommendations.

Taking a new and selfless approach to your New Year's resolution may help in keeping up your annual goals. Who knows, maybe it will inspire you to challenge yourself. Try something new and take care of your pets at the same time.

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