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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

happy-new-year-petsHappy New Year! Well, not just yet – but almost! Are you excited for 2016? Do you have any big plans for the upcoming months?

As always, people far and wide are planning and thinking about their upcoming resolutions. It’s likely you’ve taken the time to think about ways to make this year better than the last, but how about for your pet?

In 2016, we challenge you to come up with a few resolutions for you AND your furry friend. Of course a pet can’t be successful without your help, so we are here to get your wheels turning. Below are a few great ways to help start the New Year off right for your dog or cat. Please share your resolutions with us on our Facebook page here:
A happy and healthy pet in the 21st Century is our number one priority!

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet:

Is your pet overweight? Over the last several years, pet parents have become more proactive in managing the weight of their pet. Unfortunately, pet obesity is still a common issue today. We love to feed our pets delicious treats and sometimes even unhealthy human food that’s not meant to meet your pet’s mouth. And there are also those pets that sneak into the trashcan when you’re not looking. You’ve gotta love those ambitious dogs! These things and much more can lead to pet obesity. The good news is that a lot of pets have experienced this and there is a lot of help out there. Remember to read the label, see a veterinarian, and try to stay active with your pet. Sometimes for health reasons it can be impossible for your pet to run around like he used to. Luckily, there are ways to work around this. Talk to your pet’s veterinarian if you think you pet has a weight problem.

Brush those teeth! Do you take the time to brush your pet’s teeth? Oral hygiene is incredibly important for your pet. You can even do it yourself. There are many pet stores that offer over-the-counter toothbrushes, pet toothpaste, and much more. Dental care for pets has become very common in the last 10 years. If your pet is uncomfortable with you in his or her mouth with a strange looking object with bristles attached to it, you can always have your veterinarian take care of it for you.

Resolve to play with your pet more often. Life gets busy, that’s no surprise. When your pet first joined your household, did you make more time for him or her? Were there better habits back when life seemed a little bit slower and calmer? We understand. Life can get crazy, but pets need to be shown how much you love them! They need their back scratched or their head rubbed and some good ol’ ball throwing time with the family. Take the time to allow yourself some one-on-one with your loyal companion. Show them you care by taking him or her for daily walks when the weather is appropriate. If you don’t have time to play, at least remember to tell your pet you love him. It really makes a difference.

Help calm your pet with a natural option to help him or her feel more comfortable. Do you have a dog that barks or whines when there are strangers in the home, fireworks going off, or other nervous situations? This year, purchase and try a product called Pet-EZE by 21st Century Pet. It’s exclusively available at PetSmart stores nationwide. This incredible product may help to calm your pet when he needs it the most. They are tasty, chewy and palatable. It is easier to be proactive than to let your pet suffer during uncomfortable situations. Inappropriate pets behavior is one of the main reasons people end up rehoming their pets. Some bad pet behaviors are a result of feeling anxious and scared. Try Pet-EZE and you’ll see results!

Keep the yard or litter box clean. Ok, we know this one is yucky, but it has to be said. Keeping the yard clean of pet waste is sometimes a neglected human task. Even the cat’s litter box becomes a bit “overwhelmed”. If you know this has been a problem for you in the past, consider adding it to your list of resolutions. Having a clean yard or litter box is good for everyone. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with, we know, especially when there’s snow and ice on the ground. But picking up after your pet is essential – we just don’t need to go into too many more details about it!

There are many resolutions we could offer up to you in this post. It’s hard not to mention more without sounding a bit bossy! Keep your dogs nails trimmed, don’t offer more than 2 treats a day, see a veterinarian once a year, resolve to walk your dog four times a week, etc., etc. There are just too may tips to mention. The most important thing we recommend doing this year is to love your pet unconditionally. Show them the love they deserve and 2016 will be a good year! Pets are beautiful, wonderful and caring creatures. It’s important for us to recognize this every chance we get!

Happy New Year, fellow pet lovers! Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and share your stories with us. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it. This year we resolve to offer you helpful tips, top-notch products and entertaining posts on our social media platforms. Here’s to an amazing 2016!!!

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