Resolutions to Make 2016 Your Dog’s Healthiest Year Yet
The start of the new year is traditionally the time to make resolutions, and as gyms everywhere can confirm, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to be healthier in the upcoming year. This year, while you’re resolving to take better care of yourself, why not extend that resolution to your furry pal? Give your dog the gift of health for the holidays, and make 2016 your dog’s healthiest year yet!
Resolve to help your dog
Start shedding those extra pounds.
- If your dog’s weight is an issue, the simplest way to start improving their health is to help them lose some weight. The first step is to consult with your veterinarian. Your vet can help you determine what kind of a diet is the best for your dog’s age, breed, health, and activity level, as well as assessing how much your dog should be eating daily. Once you know what the ideal portion size is, use a measuring cup to make sure you’re feeding them the right amount.
- Another thing to consider when helping your dog lose weight is the types of treats you’re giving them. Your pup might love snacks that are high in fat and calories, but try offering them a healthier alternative, such as leafy vegetables or air-popped popcorn – butter and salt-free, of course!
- Make a note your dog’s start weight so you can track their progress. Exercise is key to weight loss too, so make sure to try out resolution #2!
Try a new activity or learn a new trick.
- Variety is the spice of life, so change things up a little bit and go the extra mile to make sure you and your dog get out and about. Your normal routine probably includes a walk, but you can spice things up by making it a long hike in a beautiful setting instead, or by joining a dog group to add a social element to your exercise.
- Physical exercise isn’t the only way to improve your dog’s health; mental exercise can also be beneficial for your pup. Learning can reduce cognitive deterioration, and keep your dog’s brain healthy for longer, so look up some new tricks your dog doesn’t know yet and keep those brain cells active.
Visit the vet.
- Just as you need a yearly physical, your dog should be getting an annual examination at the vet. This exam is one of the key ways to ensure that your dog is healthy and remains so. Getting regular checkups is essential for catching any diseases or illnesses is the early stages, ensuring that you can address and treat them before they become more serious. This visit to the veterinarian is also the perfect time to discuss your dog’s diet for resolution #1!
Avoid fleas and heartworm.
- Flea and heartworm preventives are an incredibly simple way of ensuring that your dog doesn’t get sick. Even a dog who spends most of their time indoors is at risk of getting fleas or contracting heartworm from a mosquito. However, you can seriously reduce that risk with the administration of a preventive – and you only have to remember to do so once a month!
Resolutions are all about improving overall wellbeing, so make these resolutions on behalf of your pup to help increase their happiness and health in 2016!