New Year's Resolutions for the "Whole" Family

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, so it’s time to come up with goals you want to achieve in the coming year. New Year’s means you get a fresh new start on a happier, healthier you. However, that doesn’t mean one has to go at it alone. It’s a lot easier when you have a “buddy” every step of the way.

Luckily for you, you have a furry “sidekick” just waiting to be your partner and motivator.

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions that you and your pet can accomplish together

1. Eat Healthily
There’s no better way to motivate you to eat healthier than by having your pet join in on the journey. Good eating habits are just as important for our pets. One way to help you and your pet eat better together is by reading the nutritional labels on the food you and your pet are consuming. It is important to consider how much natural versus unnatural ingredients there are in your food so you know you are putting in as much of the good stuff as possible.

Also, the right portions are crucial, especially for calorie-dense food such as protein and carbs. The amount of food you and your pet should consume depends on lifestyle. A more active lifestyle may need more calories, while a stationary lifestyle may need less. Consuming excessive amounts of calories regularly is detrimental to you and your pet’s health.

2. Turn Play-time to “Crunch-time”
Playtime is fun-time! So why not have more of it? If exercising is one of your goals, there’s no better way to exercise than by playing with your furry friend! A healthy exercise regimen for adults is at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. Though this may seem like a lot of time, one simple way to complete this is to do 30-minute sessions, five times a week. You can make exercise time even more fun by including your furry pal! Since adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of playtime per day, you can kill two birds with one stone by spending that time actively playing with your pup. Cat owners can include some sessions of laser pointer action or “cat dancer” fun for their cats as they themselves cool down from a workout.

3. Safety and Security
A happy, healthy New Year means knowing you and your loved ones are safe and secure. But sometimes, worrying about the safety of you and your loved ones can get in the way of doing things you want to do such as traveling or making a day trip away from home. If you’ve got some wanderlust this New Year, but you’re worried about your pets being home alone, consider getting a pet monitor; this lets you see your pets everywhere you go. In the spirit of healthy activity, as well, consider a Petcube not only will you be able to monitor your pet while you’re away, but you can play and interact with them as well.

Every pet owner should ensure they have a Microchip implanted, this way if they should ever get out or lost, they can be identified and returned to you quickly.
Another way to keep you and your loved ones safe is to have an emergency plan. Knowing that you are prepared for anything that may come up gives you a sense of security that you and your loved ones will be safe. Most importantly, there should be designated plans and emergency kits specifically for pets as well as people. An emergency plan should have a designated meeting spot and an updated list of contacts. Having an emergency plan will ensure that you and your loved ones are all safe and sound for what the New Year has in store.

4. “Make Over”-Grooming for All
“Lookin’ good” is the first step in conquering the New Year. Nothing gives you a boost of confidence like a fresh new haircut or a nice “mani-pedi.” While you’re at it, make your furry sidekick look good as well. Cats and dogs need regular grooming as part of a healthy routine. Brushing gets rid of excess fur and distributes natural oils throughout their coat, keeping it looking shiny and healthy. It also gets rid of dirt and excess oil that gets trapped under matted hair that can result in uncomfortable skin conditions. 

In addition to brushing, cats and dogs also need nail trimming. Long nails can interfere with walking and can also scratch up your furniture. However, clipping a pet’s nails can be a daunting task because it requires them to hold still for a period of time. Dogs tend to do better than cats with this since they respond better to treats than cats do. But over time, you will figure out the best strategies to execute those “paw-dicures”. Each species and breed has different requirements for grooming, so be sure to do your research and consult a veterinarian or grooming professional to best meet your pet’s needs.

5. Go Out More
There are so many amazing adventures out there that you and your furry pal can do together. Spend this upcoming year satisfying your inner adventurer with your “best buddy ever” by your side. For dog owners, explore a new trail or local beach. Cats can enjoy a stroll too, to a cute little park or around the neighborhood in a safe “pet” stroller. You can also check out a “pet-friendly” patio at a restaurant or coffee-house! New places mean new memories to add to the New Year. Your pet will love spending quality time with you wherever you go.

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