A new year means it is the time of the year again for a new set of New Year’s resolutions, except this time, it’s New Year’s Resolution for pets!
Let’s face it, 2020 has taken a toll on all of us, our pets included! It’s time to make some positive changes in the new year! But how? — We can start 2021 by taking some time to start making those yearly pet suitable new year’s resolutions!
In this article, we will be recommending some examples of new year’s resolution you can include into the list of to-dos for your pets.
Examples of New Year’s Resolution For Pets
Pamper your pets in this new year!
Embark on a new adventure
Whilst one of the most popular new year’s resolutions has always been to try something new. This should also involve your pets!
Why not try new adventurous activities such as kayaking, hiking or even yoga? Not only will the aforementioned activities ensure that both you and your pet are getting more exercise, they will also help spice up your life by adding something new and exciting to your weekly or daily routine!
Don’t hesitate and add them into your new year’s resolution for your pets now!
Switching Up Their Diet — New Year, New Diet!
Losing Weight! — this is probably everyone’s top new year resolution. This is especially after every holiday season because of the endless delicious savoury dishes and snacks. Hence, you probably have gained a few pounds.
While you are enjoying the fun holiday season, your dog is most likely enjoying it too! They are undoubtedly too, going to gain that few extra pounds due to extra food and less exercise. Furthermore, it is easy for your pet to put on a few pounds!
Very often than not, we as pet owners may simply pour their food into their bowls by eyeing it up without properly measuring it. However, it is important for your pet to be getting the optimal amount of food for their age, breed and size. Start by including this habit of portioning and measuring food as one of your new year’s resolutions for you and your pets!
We recommend a smart bowl that will enable you to measure the amount of food given to your pet.
Speak with your vet about your pet’s diet before making any adjustments. Moreover, you should also remember to limit their treats intake and reduce their food intake whenever necessary to limit leftovers.
Exercise as part of your Pet’s New Year Resolution!
A healthy lifestyle does not start only with diet, it also encompasses exercising!
Start walking your dog at least once per day. However, if you are already walking your dog regularly, consider increasing the amount of time or changing up the routine.
Bring your dog to any nearby dog park to get some extra play time. You could also spend more time outside playing with them. Through this, not only can both your dog and you spend more time having fun together, you both could also stay in shape together in the new year!
Play Dates for your Canine & Felines!
Cats and dogs are naturally social animals. Just as we need friends, our furry animals need their friends too! Hence, if any of your friends have pets, invite them and schedule a playdate with them and their pets. This way, not only can your furry pets make new canine and feline companions, you could also use the time to bond and catch up with your friends!
Although cats and dogs are known to be social animals, there could still be a minority that are lacking the socialisation. If your pet is one that refuses or are hesitant in approaching other pets, fret not! We have a recommendation for you.
A local dog or cat park is one great place for your pets! Not only can they get some exercise to stay fit, it is also a great way for your pets to mix and mingle with other fellow canines or felines.
However, it is important to be mindful of other pet owners and their pets special needs and pay close attention to the rules and regulations of the park. This is to ensure a happy and safe play time for everyone.
Declutter like Marie Kondo
Like the popular Netflix series about cleaning up by Marie Kondo, the new year is a great time to declutter your pet’s space! Take some time to sort out your pet’s personal items such as bedding, toys and other belongings.
Firstly, you should get rid of anything that is worn out or dirty. Next, and the last most important step, replace the worn out items with new, age-appropriate items for your pets. It is important to start the new year off fresh and clean!
Update your Pet’s ID Info
While this may not be a very common new year’s resolution for pets or you, it is important to ensure that all your personal information is updated. However, time after time, it is possible to overlook updating your pet’s information.
Therefore, you can start drawing up your pet’s new year resolution by including the following tasks into your list of to-dos!
- ID information (microchip)
- Health insurance
Whilst you’re at it, make sure your own pertinent information is current as well.
Pet’s Health as a New Year’s Resolution
As far as pet owners like us need our yearly checkups, the new year is a perfect time to schedule your pet their annual veterinarian checkups. This is especially important if your pet is in their early or senior stages of their life.
Why do they need yearly checkups? — You might wonder. This is to help ensure that they are up-to-date on their shots as well as their health needs!
Some pets may need that extra boost of certain nutrients. Therefore, like humans, pets do need supplementary vitamins and supplements in their diet. However, do keep in mind to always consult your vet before adding any supplements into their diets.
Self Care For Your Pet & Yourself
Self care has become a priority, especially with the trials and tribulations from the last year. Therefore, it is no surprise that it should be included in one of your list of new year’s resolution.
Be it a spa day, mani-pedicure, haircut or even a scented bubble bath, it is important to take some time off to practice self care.
Treat your pets like how you treat yourself! Bring them out to a spa day. Bake them some homemade pet treats, give them a massage or schedule a grooming appointment. Self care should not be only limited to human companions, it should extend to our furry friends too!
While we strive to improve our physical and mental well being. Those, however, do not only apply to humans, but to their furry companions as well. Write down the resolutions and start accomplishing them with your pets now!