As we start 2018, many of us are setting new goals. But as you write out your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to keep your pets in mind as well! Here are a few tips from the ASPCA for making 2018 a happy and healthy year for your furry friends:
- Schedule a check-up: Now is the perfect time to pay a visit to your vet. Annual veterinary exams will help ensure that your pet is up-to-date on the latest vaccinations and flea/heartworm medications. It will also help avoid preventable health problems like diabetes and arthritis. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen the vet, make an appointment today!
- Take a hike: If you plan to focus on fitness this year, be sure to incorporate your pets! We think taking a stroll through your neighborhood or an afternoon hike is always more exciting when you bring your furry friends along. Adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise twice a day—jogging, playing fetch, and swimming are all great options. Keep your feline friends in shape with rousing play sessions and fun furry toys.
- Glamorous grooming: Now that the hectic holiday season has come to a close, consider giving your pet’s fur, teeth, nails and ears some extra attention in the New Year. Resolve to brush your pet every day and check their teeth, nails and ears at least once a week. Routine care is important for your pet’s health and hygiene, and it has the added bonus of making them feel happy, clean and loved.
- IDs, please: It’s important for all pets—even the ones who live indoors—to wear an ID tag. January is a good time to make sure that all their information is up-to-date, or to invest in tags if you haven’t already. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.
- Lend a hand to pets in need: If you’re dedicated to helping animals in need this year, we hope you’ll join us and resolve to get involved with our organization. You can make a huge impact on countless lives in 2018. Learn how here.