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New Year's Resolutions for Pet Parents

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The New Year brings us to a fresh new start, and we all make resolutions for our personal goals - lose weight, quit smoking, start a new hobby - but what about new year's goals for our pets and pets in need? Here are five New Year's Resolutions you might want to consider this year!

1) Volunteer at a local shelter or pet rescue - there are many wonderful pets who have unfortunately ended up in shelters and need a home. Your local shelter or favorite pet rescue undoubtedly needs help - dog walking, social media outreach, volunteering at adoption fairs - these are all things you can do to help a pet in need get adopted.

2) Foster a pet in need - Many rescues simply do not have a place for the pets they save from shelters. By offering your home to an animal in need, you provide a safe haven for a pet until they find a permanent loving home.

3) Take your dog on some extra long walks. So often, our bad planning makes our dog's needs less of a priority. For both your health and that of your four legged family member, make it a priority to take some extra long walks with your dog. It's a great opportunity to bond with your pet, and your pet will thank you for it!

4) Make your pet's health a priority - set annual vet appointments for your dog and cat to ensure their continuing and ongoing good health.

5) Check your pet's food for quality - are you feeding your dog or cat a fast food version of health and nutrition? If so, this is a great time to start your pet on a new, healthy food regime. Ask your vet for advice on quality pet food and make sure you are feeding your dog the proper amount to ensure a health weight for their breed.

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