New Year’s is the perfect time for resolutions. We often make pretty grand ones and then forget about them the next day, but there are some fairly realistic resolutions you can commit to which will make your pet happier and healthier. Here are some ideas:
- If you haven’t adopted a pet yet, or have room for one more, the New Year is a great time to bring home a pet. Animal shelters are overfilled this time of year and overpopulation may lead to animals being euthanized.
- Volunteer some time or donate some money to an animal shelter or rescue. These organizations are often short on funds and manpower and would be glad for some extra help.
- If it’s been a while since your pet has visited the vet, resolve to take him as soon as possible. Regular check-ups can prevent serious problems down the road.
- Consider buying health insurance or putting away a monthly amount for emergency veterinary care.
- If your pet’s collar has old and no longer relevant information, replace it with a new one. If you haven’t gotten him a Microchip ID, now is a good time to take care of that too.
- Think about changing your pet’s diet. Put some time into investigating whether you are buying him the best quality foods you can afford.
- If it’s been a while since you have pet-proofed your home, walk around and see if there are any dangers you haven’t noticed before.
- Speak out against animal abuse in your neighborhood. Most shelters and rescues will accept anonymous tips.
- January has been designated Walk Your Pet Month, so if you have not been walking your dog routinely, now is a great time to change that. Exercising your dog is healthy for you and for him. A properly exercised dog will also be better behaved at home.