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New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

Sure, your pet can’t exactly make his or her own resolution, but why not make one for them? Below, a Temecula veterinarian offers a few healthy and fun suggestions.

Lose Weight

The most common New Year’s resolution for humans can also be applied to pets. Since almost half of all domestic cats and dogs are over their normal weight limits, your pet could probably stand to lose a few pounds! Talk to your veterinarian about a proper diet and exercise plan for your cat or dog, and set a goal to have your pet lose a certain number of pounds by a certain date.

Increase Playtime

Playtime isn’t just fun for your pet, it provides great exercise, mental stimulation, and serves as good pet-owner bonding time. Set aside time every day to play with your pet—romp around on the floor, go on a walk, or play fetch in the backyard. However you do it, regular playtime will do your pet a world of good.

Groom Regularly

This year, don’t let your pet’s hygiene go by the wayside. Make sure to brush your pet regularly, especially if they have long or curly hair. Brushing removes mats and tangles and spreads essential skin oils throughout a pet’s coat, keeping it healthy, moisturized, and shiny. The occasional bath can also be good for your pet, although overdoing it can cause the coat to dry out. Consult your veterinarian on the best bathing schedule for your pet, and ask about the right brushes and other products to use.

Try Something New

Resolve to try something new with your pet this year—it could be hiking, swimming, jogging, massage, or many other activities! You could also try teaching your pet a new trick or training regimen. Ask your veterinarian what might best suit your pet and when you can get started.

New Year’s resolutions don’t just have to be for you—it may be easier to keep one for your pet than yourself! Ask your Temecula veterinarian for other suggestions.

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