While the new year provides a unique opportunity to press the reset button on a variety of patterns, behaviors, and questionable habits, it’s never too late to make important changes. To be sure, pet health can be supported year-round, and if there are ways you can better support overall wellness, now is as good a time as any.
The Weight of Extra Pounds
For pets and people alike, resolving to shed a few extra pounds is not only common but critical. Even a single extra pound on an adult cat is like 5 excess pounds on an average adult woman or 17 pounds on an average grown man.
With more than half of all adult pets estimated to be overweight or obese, the new year is the perfect time to address your pet’s nutritional needs, portion sizes, and activity levels. Certainly, genetics can cause weight issues, but most often, weight gain is linked to overfeeding.
Before you take matters into your own hands, let us help you get your pet on track in 2018. Changing diets too quickly can lead to many problems for an overweight or obese pet.
Everyone can benefit from more exercise. If your pet is already accustomed to daily walks around the neighborhood, shake it up a bit. Take them to new locales, go exploring together, or check out some dog-friendly businesses that welcome pets.
Indoor cats can definitely use a refresh from time to time. Take away old toys and replace them with new ones (but be sure to keep them around, as Fluffy is likely very attached to them). Allot a specific amount of time every day to play with them and make time for snuggling later.
Most pets over the age of three have some form of periodontal disease. Left untreated, an animal can suffer from pain, infection, missing teeth, bad breath, and even systemic illnesses that affect the liver, kidneys, and heart.
A great resolution for pet health in the new year is to attempt (and achieve) regular tooth brushing at home. It may not be something either of you take to immediately, but remain consistent and calm, and the results will amaze you. Pair it with other grooming activities and provide lots of praise as a reward.
Additionally, approved products like chews, rinses, sprays, and more can help support pet dental health. We recommend cleanings under anesthesia and full-mouth digital radiographs.
Pet Health and Behavior
A happy pet is one who knows your boundaries and expectations. If you’ve had a bit of trouble communicating with your pet, resolve to address any problems in the new year. We offer basic obedience training and referrals to local professionals specializing in destructive or aggressive behaviors.
As your partners in pet health, we’re always available to assist you and your pet. If you have further questions about how to successfully change or boost your pet’s habits in the new year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.
Happy New Year and good luck!