The New Year is the purrfect time to set tail-wagging goals to become better pet parents and improve the health and happiness or our furry friends.
Here are some ideas from the PetsForever team.
Schedule an annual vet visit
Pets can suffer from various health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, and catching these problems early can make it easier for your vet to treat them.
Strengthen your bond
Understanding your pet’s body language can help to build a stronger human-animal bond. For instance, knowing when your pet feels fearful, anxious, happy or playful can help you respond to their cues.
Check out our personalised Q&As by pet experts on pet behaviour.
Adjust the diet
Is your pet ageing or putting on weight? Speak to your vet about adjusting your pet’s diet based on weight, age or health conditions. Maybe you just need to cut back on the treats or table scraps!
Get more exercise!
Daily exercise is important for your pet’s physical and mental health (not to mention yours). You can take long walks, play fetch or scent work games at home. Check with your vet for exercise recommendations based on your pet’s size, age and health.
Improve your pet’s training
Having an obedient and responsive dog means that he or she will be happier, more relaxed and easier to manage, especially in a potentially dangerous situation. Plus, you’ll also get more pleasure in having your pet around!
Have you moved house? Make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date so that if you pet is lost, you can be reunited faster!
Learn a new trick
Shake, roll, jump, give kisses! Teaching your pet new behaviours is not only great fun, but also helps you build a relationship with your pet and provide you both mental and physical stimulation!
Socialising your pet in a positive and safe setting will help to decrease stress levels and improve their social skills. Try taking walks together or participate in group training classes.
If your pet is shy or not sociable with other animals, a quieter ‘solo’ activity may be less stressful.
Groom your pet more
Grooming your pet regularly will help to maintain healthy fur and skin. Plus, it’s a great bonding activity!
Learn pet first aid
Improving your knowledge of pet first aid and CPR can mean the difference between a quick recovery and a long recuperation, or sometimes death!
Time to declutter
Does your pet have any old toys? Now’s the perfect time to clear out the toy basket and give your pet something new and fun to play with.
Clean out the home and garden
Check the house and garden for any potentially harmful substances, such as cleaning products and medications, and make sure they are out of paw’s reach!