New Year’s Resolutions for you and your pet

With January upon us, New Year’s resolutions are a hot topic of conversation. In 2010 when we asked our readers what they’d most like to change in the New Year, losing weight, regular exercise and more travel were on the top of the list.  Here are some tips to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions in a way that will benefit both you and your pet.

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    Update your pet registration. A huge number of pets are reunited with their pets each year through microchipping. Make sure you update your pet’s registration with any changes of phone numbers or address details.
  2. Spend quality time with your pet. The health benefits of being with animals are undisputed – they are known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and increase day-to-day happiness. Make an effort to spend a little more time with your pet this year. You will both reap the benefits.
  3. Lose weight together. Review the diets of both you and your pet and make the changes together. If you have a dog, gradually increase the amount you walk together. It’s a great bonding activity and will get you both outdoors in the fresh air.
  4. Start running. With adequate planning, running with your dog can be incredibly rewarding. It will also keep you and your pet fit and healthy.
  5. Visit the veterinarian. Whilst some ailments are obvious in your pet, others can easily go undetected. Start the year off with a visit to your vet. They will help you assess your pet’s overall health and suggest any necessary treatment.
  6. Volunteer in your community. Pets are an integral part of many community programs, particularly for the aged and ill. Find a local nursing home or hospital that allows animal therapy and volunteer your pet. You may also consider volunteering at an animal shelter.
  7. Redesign your backyard. There are lots of novel ways to provide an interactive environment for your pet. Try and improve three things in your pet’s environment – the long-term effects will be noticeable.
  8. Schedule appointments. On your 2013 calendar, schedule appointments for grooming appointments, hydrobaths, nail clipping and medication. You may also want to schedule routine vet checks of your pet’s eyes, ears, teeth and coat.
  9. Obtain pet insurance. Pet insurance is now readily accessible and can provide financial support for vet visits and medical emergencies. If you already have insurance, make sure you schedule to renew it. If not, find out more about it now.
  10. Make new friends. Visit your local park and get to know other dog owners. Pets are the greatest icebreakers, so it won’t be long before you and your pet make new friends.