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Planning Your Resolutions? How to Get Your Pets Started on a Healthy New Year

by Calvin Newman

If you have pets, it's time to start thinking about the new year. Now's the perfect time to plan some New Year's resolutions for your pets. You might not realize this, but your pets need New Year's resolutions too, especially where their care is concerned. If you've never made New Year's resolutions for your pets before, read the list provided below. Here are three tips you can use to get your pets started on a healthy new year. 

1. Schedule a Veterinary Exam

If you've made it your New Year's resolution to help your pets live a happier, healthier life, the first thing you need to do is schedule a veterinary exam. It's not always easy to remember the vet exams, which is why the first of the year is an excellent time to schedule them. Not only is a new year vet exam easy to remember, but it's also a great way to get the year started on the right foot. 

2. Arrange for Monthly Grooming

If your pets usually don't get groomed once a month, now's the time to make a change. Adding monthly grooming sessions to your pet's New Year's resolution is a great way to help them look good, and feel good, all year long. You might not know this, but grooming entails more than just a wash and a dry. Grooming also includes nail trimming, dental care, and ear cleaning. This routine can help reduce the risk for problems that can affect your pet's overall health. Grooming also helps to eliminate pet odors that can leave your home smelling less-than-fresh. 

3. Ensure Daily Exercise Time

If your pets don't get daily exercise, it's time to add that to the New Year's resolution you've made for them. It's a great way to add exercise to your daily routine as well. If you have dogs, you can take them for a walk around the block at least once a day. You can also take them out for a game of catch in the backyard. If you have cats, you can utilize indoor toys to help them stay active. If used correctly, laser pointers are also a fun way to keep your cats active. However, you do need to keep the laser away from your cat's eyes. 

Make this the year you get your pets on a healthy new routine. For more tips, just contact your local veterinarians