New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for people – they’re for pets, too! There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to reevaluate things and make adjustments where necessary. If you’re revamping your plans for 2022 and want to include your pet, get a jump start on your list with some ideas below to help make 2022 your pet’s happiest and healthiest year yet.
Make Your Pet’s Pearly Whites Sparkle
Dental hygiene is an important part of a pet’s overall health, but very few people consistently spend time brushing their furry friend’s teeth. Lack of oral hygiene can lead to periodontal disease and other common problems such as broken teeth, abscesses or infected teeth.
Though daily brushing is ideal according to VCA Hospitals, even starting small, such as brushing just once a week, can make a huge impact. To further bolster their health, yearly cleanings with a veterinarian are recommended to thoroughly remove plaque buildup and assess any current problems.
Refresh Your Pet’s First Aid Kit (And Your Skills!)
Though you hopefully don’t have to use it often, it’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand in case of an emergency, whether it be a minor cut or scrape, or a more serious threat like a hurricane. Keeping up-to-date identification information, vaccination records, as well some of your pet’s current medications, if any, and medical supplies in a safe place will help you and others care for your pet on the spot.
Staying up-to-date on your first aid preparedness will also be helpful in an emergency while you await help from a veterinarian. Refreshing your knowledge on minor wound care will prove invaluable to your pet’s health and safety. Oakland Veterinary published a brief crash course of at-home wound care if you find yourself in need of a quick refresher.
Ensure the House is Pet-Friendly
Keeping toxic substances out of your pet’s reach is a critical part of maintaining safety. As you start your new year cleaning, make sure all toxic cleaning chemicals, gardening products, alcohol, poisonous food items, medications and toxic plants are secured in a safe place.
Exercise Benefits Both of You
Your pet can never get too much exercise, and increasing Fido’s activity may just help you meet a new year’s goal of your own. Activity not only boosts physical health, but it ultimately benefits mental health as well. Take a walk, play that extra game of fetch, or fit in one more round of kitty chasing the mouse or laser. Your pet certainly won’t regret it, and the time spent together exercising will only serve to further increase your bond – happy exercising!
Brush Up on Obedience and Training Classes
Maybe your four-legged friend went to obedience class as a young pup but has not practiced any new tricks since. He’s never too old to outgrow training. Practicing commands, and even learning new ones, is incredibly stimulating. Throw some treats into the training session and Fido or Princess will enjoy a wonderful afternoon.
If your fur baby has never been to an obedience or training class, consider tackling one in 2022. The social interaction makes for an exciting playtime, and learning new tricks is mentally and physically stimulating – not to mention it helps strengthen your relationship as you both learn to further trust each other.
Capture Quality Moments Together
There will come a day when you’ll wish to look back on all the memories made in 2022. Don’t forget to stop, take in the moment and simply enjoy the company of your canine or feline. Snap pictures along the way and cherish the good times, because they slip through our fingers way too fast. So grab a camera and capture all the beautiful time spent together this year. You won’t regret it.
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