Winter joy on the snowThe beginning of the New Year marks a time for change for many of us – and typically, our resolutions revolve around health and well-being. Since our pets can also benefit from an overhaul of daily care, exercise, and general health, The Pet Experts at Naperville Animal Hospital want to encourage you to create some resolutions for you and your pet.

New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Pet

Goals can be motivating, especially when you involve your pet. Here are some possible ideas to encourage a healthier, happier 2017.

  1. Get outside and soak up the sun. For dog owners, there’s nothing more enjoyable than fresh air. Going outside for at least 30 minutes each day is not only healthy, you can also enjoy the local scenery and try out a few new walking routes or trails. You’ll also score some extra vitamin D! What could be better than the great outdoors?
  2. You are what you eat. Been munching on goodies since Thanksgiving? Has your favorite feline packed on a couple pounds? Wondering what the best diet is for your senior pet? The beginning of a new year heralds a great time for assessing the quality of your diet as well as your fur pal’s. Because obesity in pets can lead to a number of health problems, adjusting your pet’s diet is a great resolution for 2017.
  3. Keep moving. Exercise doesn’t just entail 20-30 minutes of walking the dog (although your dog will love you for it); it can also include a rowdy game of hide and seek, tandem jogging, swimming, Frisbee, or any other form of exercise in which you can include your pet. And don’t forget about your cat or small mammal pet! Things like cat trees and perches or wheels, swings, and tunnels are great ways to boost their exercise quota.
  4. Make new friends. If you’ve been feeling lonely or want to meet other pet-loving friends, why not check out a Meetup group in your area that’s focused on your type of pet? There are hundreds of Meetups that are pet-oriented, so keep an open mind and be willing to reach out. It’s also a great way for your pet to stay socialized and for you to reinforce training lessons! This January, take advantage of our training special: six classes for the price of five!” More information can be found here.
  5. Make time. In our very busy lives, our pet companions sometimes get less of our time and attention. Spending time with your pet each day is not only important for daily needs, it also provides much needed emotional and mental enrichment. If you don’t already, try allocating at least 30 minutes each day to interact with your pet. We promise, it will make you both happier.

Wellness Care Focuses on Total Health

One of the biggest contributors to the lifelong health of your pet is wellness care. Also known as preventive care, this is important because it encompasses all aspects of health, whether it’s the amount of daily exercise your pet receives, annual screenings, or addressing behavioral challenges.

To keep your pet at his or her healthiest in 2017 and beyond, we encourage you to maintain all wellness appointments. For more information about making healthier resolutions for you and your pet, please contact us.