New Year Resolutions for Pet Care

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A new year means a new start for you and your pet. Making some New Year resolutions for your pets will improve their health and happiness in 2019. Here are four that you need to know about.

1. Schedule Regular Visits to the Vet

How often you take your pet to see the vet will depend on the animal and breed. Age is an important factor, too. While you might have taken a new kitten or puppy to the vet every few weeks for vaccines, you might not see the value in bringing an older pet to your local veterinarian’s office. Still, vets recommend that you take older pets to the vet twice a year for vaccinations and physical exams. Make it a priority in 2019.

2. Spend More Time With Your Pet

Work, school, family commitments — all of these things can limit the amount of time you spend with your pet. Taking your dog for a quick walk or playing with your cat, however, won’t consume too much of your time in 2019. Make a New Year’s resolution to spend more time with your pet.

3. Volunteer With a Local Animal Charity

Why not give back to the local community in 2019? Find a local animal shelter in your area and ask them if they need any help. Volunteering for a good cause can be a great way to make new friends, and you will be helping animals in your area.

4. Improve Pet Nutrition

Research shows that 58 percent of cats and 53 percent of dogs in the United States were overweight in the year 2014. Experts predict this number will rise. Improving pet nutrition will ensure your animal is in the best possible health and reduce the risk of conditions like arthritis and cancer.

These four resolutions will improve your relationship with your pet in 2019. Scheduling regular visits to the vet, spending more time with your animal, volunteering at a local animal shelter, and improving nutrition are simple changes you can make in the new year.

Do you have any New Year’s pet care resolutions of your own? Leave a comment below!

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