Have you heard, we’re leaving 2019 behind and quickly heading into 2020 full steam ahead? Just like their human companions, our pets can benefit from some New Year’s resolutions as well. We all think about starting the New Year on the right feet (we only have two) by losing weight, eating healthier, hitting the gym, and putting down the phone to make more time to engage in things that really matter. And sure, those are your great goals, but what about your pets? Whether you know it or not, by having a pet in your home, you are already on a “healthy plan.” Studies have shown that pets in the home reduce your stress and greatly improve the quality of your mental and physical well-being. So it’s time to give back and start rewarding them with a simple lifestyle review and set some goals that may benefit everyone involved.
Here are three easy steps to get started that will get everyone healthier, happier, and make 2020 more than just hindsight;
Maintain a Healthy Weight – This is probably the most important thing you can do for your pet. With over 50% of all pets in the US overweight or obese, maintaining a healthy weight greatly reduces potential health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even certain forms of cancer. Weight control all starts with eating a healthy diet along with regular exercise. If this sounds all too familiar, it is. The same holds true for you as well as your pet. We can tailor a diet plan for your pet that will help them stay healthy and fit, and who knows? Maybe you’ll pick up a few pointers as well.
Get Moving – A tired pup is a healthy and happy pup. Make sure to make the great outdoors part of your day, and soak up some outside time. Maintaining a regular regimen of walking, playing, and focused training will not only improve your pet’s health, but it will do wonders for you as well. It’s a proven fact that there are numerous health and social benefits that both you and your pup will enjoy from a brisk walk. And, it’s a great time to bond with your pet and create an event they are always eager and willing to participate in.
Establish a Grooming Routine – A good “groom” is more than just keeping your pup clean; it also helps with maintaining a watchful eye on skin, coat, eyes and ear health, along with keeping their weight in check. When you or others engage with your pet on a touchy-feely level, it is a perfect opportunity to monitor their health. So go ahead, get touching, they will love you even more for the great care given.
By incorporating these simple steps, you and your pet can be on the way to a healthier 2020. It’s sometimes easier to start simple so that you and your pet can maintain the momentum going forward. Come in for a visit and let us tailor a nutritional program designed specifically for your pet. We know pets and can help guide you into a healthy and happy New Year.