As many of us settle in to celebrate the holidays and look forward to carrying the fun through the new year, it can be easy to forget your pet’s health and overall well-being. This year, make sure every single member of your family, including your pets, is headed into the new year on the right foot. So, in that spirit, we’re taking a look at some ways you can keep your pet happy and healthy heading into 2020. Here are the things on our list:
- Securing the Home – Whether your pet is young and in training or old and well-accustomed to its surroundings, it’s important to maintain a pet-proofed house at all times. It’s especially important this time of year, as you start to remove all of the season’s décor. So, in addition to keeping all of those household cleaning products, medications, non-pet-friendly snacks, candles, etc. away from your pet, make sure you keep an eye out for all of those small bits and pieces that you used to hang decorations. And, don’t forget to pick up every last piece of tinsel!
- Updating IDs – The start of and the end of the holiday season is also a perfect time to update all of your pet’s identification tags and information. If you’re like many households, you probably still have lots of people coming and going throughout your home in celebration of the holidays and welcoming of the new year. So, make sure that if your pet accidentally slips through an open door that they have a way to get back to you.
- Emphasizing Nutrition – Just as many humans choose to focus on their diet and nutrition for new year’s resolutions, you should also place this emphasis on examining your pet’s diet and nutrition. Are they getting high quality pet food? Are they over-eating? Are they staying hydrated? Is it time to consider dietary supplements? What goes into their bodies will directly affect their overall well-being.
- Focusing on Physical Health – Physical activity and hygiene also directly affect your pet’s overall well-being. Regular exercise is key to keeping them agile and their behavior in-check. It also keeps their minds active and young. So, don’t let holiday and end-of-year stresses get in the way of ensuring that your pet has plenty of regular exercise to get all of that pent-up energy out.
- Scheduling Checkups – Whether you stick to end-of-year or beginning-of-year check-ups, don’t let your regular veterinary appointments slip! Preventive care is the key to keeping your pet happy and healthy throughout the year and their lifetime.
We understand that things around the holidays can get a bit crazy, but we encourage you to take the time to slow down and focus on what’s most important – the health and happiness of all who you cherish. So, show your pets the ultimate act of love by focusing on their overall care. Trust us, it’s one resolution you’ll never regret!