With the opening of the new year, many people are inspired to ask for a New Year’s resolution, or at least to develop a positive change plan. This year, we decided to promise not to do it for ourselves, but to make some changes to our pets. Our list of New Year’s resolutions is a great starting point for people who have and love their pets and want to make their lives easier. We have put forward 10 excellent resolutions, but you don’t have to commit all. Choosing one of our pet-oriented resolutions will make your pet’s life better in 2018 and beyond.
Pay more attention to the nutritional needs of pets at New Year
My dog has been eating the same food since he suffered a round of pancreatitis a few years ago. Although its digestive tract may still be easy, but because he is a senior pet, it may not be able to meet all his nutritional needs. It’s time to have a frank discussion with the soldier’s veterinarian to determine if I should continue to use the same food, or to turn to food that focuses on the needs of older dogs.
In the past few years, the weight of the soldier has quietly increased him (and me), so I need to re-evaluate how much hospitality I give him all day. Due to arthritis, heart enlargement and other problems, he is barely as active as he used to be. This made me think of another New Year’s determination.
2. Add appropriate supplements to the soldier’s diet at New Year
I take vitamins every day to supplement my diet, so of course I should do the same for my pet. Just as the dietary needs of soldiers have changed, so does his need for specific supplements. Glucosamine Chondroitin can help relieve his painful joints and reduce inflammation that plagues his hips and knees. Supplements can also help soldiers with cognitive dysfunction syndrome. I want to give my dog the best chance to enjoy his old age without the confusion and fear that is usually part of the CDS.
Committed to making my pets walk more enjoyable in New Year
The soldier may not be able to walk as before, but he still looks forward to every outing. I am as jealous of anyone else who wants to walk with my pet on occasion, especially when the temperature drops to a single digit. But for Soldier, these outings were one of the most exciting aspects of his time. He hopes to linger on the smells and sights along the way every few feet. Therefore, I promise to walk longer, not so eager to change the route regularly, and give him some new areas to explore.
4. At New Year Find new ways to entertain my pet
This is one of the most important New Year’s resolutions we can make for any pet, especially older people like my soldiers. He may forget some of his old tricks, but he can still learn some new tricks. Training should never be overlooked; ideally, this is the ongoing interaction between your pet and you, which will continue to grow and challenge your pet’s intelligence throughout your life. Another way to challenge and entertain your pet is to use educational toys and feeding mats to stimulate his interest while slowing his diet. Even older pets can play a lot of indoor games, including these great games on Rescue Dogs 101.
5. Make an appointment with the vet at New Year
This may be the most important of my New Year’s soldiers’ resolutions. Although veterinarians always see soldiers when they are sick, or have problems like bad teeth or allergies, he rarely sees soldiers at their best. Experiencing the soldier at its best will make the veterinarian a true baseline when compared to when the soldier is sick or injured.
6. Improve and maintain the health of my pet’s teeth
Each person’s New Year pet resolution should include appropriate dental care.
Dental problems are the leading cause of pet health complications. why? Because many pet owners don’t realize that their pet’s teeth should brush their teeth every day. As a result, plaque builds up and causes gum disease. Although I did try to keep the soldiers’ teeth clean, I must admit that I would not do it every day. I am working hard to keep the track fresh in the new year. If you are not sure how to brush your dog or cat’s teeth, please consult your veterinarian. It is also a good idea to have a dental checkup every year so that any periodontal disease can be detected and treated early.
7. Introduce my pet to new friends
Humans can meet and spend time with the people they want. Dogs are not like this – they rely on the owner to bring them to the dog park, introduce them to other dogs, arrange game dates or have them participate in pet day care. If you haven’t introduced your pet to a new playmate recently, it’s time. Broadening your pet’s social circle will give them more exercise, more emotional stimulation and more companionship.
8. Prepare a health/care document for my pet
Sometimes I travel and need to let the soldiers leave the care of others. Although I always take the time to learn more about the details of feeding and caring for soldiers, I also provide them with all the information they may need in an emergency, including contact information for veterinarians, parents, husbands and others. . I also include Soldier’s prescription, allergy list, vaccination record, etc. If he is ill, the emergency vet can treat him correctly.
9. Regular cleaning and disinfection of pet items
Pets may be less selective about what they drink or eat (after all, many dogs like to drink outside the toilet!), but as owners, we need to protect them from dirt and bacteria that may affect their health. Even after washing, the bowl looks clean. If you wash it with hot soapy water every few days, it will become a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Chewing toys, bedding and furry are also true. If something is not washable, replace it when it is worn or dirty.
10.Take a pet first aid course
Although I have always been able to rely on the expertise of veterinarians, it is only half an hour away from our home. If a soldier suddenly becomes ill, injured in an accident, falls into our swimming pool or has a heart event, he may not be an emergency vet. I will sign up this year and make sure I take some pet first aid courses and learn pet cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If a tragedy occurs, I want to be prepared to save his life.
How does your determination affect you and your pet?