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Another year has come and gone, and because animals age at a much quicker rate than we do, another seven years have passed for your furry family members. 

As a pet parent reflecting on 2019, your pets are probably a considerable part of your favorite memories from the year. Pets fill our lives with love, companionship, and happiness, and while there’s no way we could ever repay them for the joy they provide us, we can make simple resolutions that will help us to be the best parents we can be. 


Exercise Together

There’s a saying, “A tired dog is a good dog.” Just like humans, animals are happier when they receive a healthy amount of exercise and stimulation. More than likely, exercising more is already on your list of resolutions, so why not do it with your pet? 

Get your cardio in with your dog by bringing them along when you go on walks, jogs, or hikes. The fresh air and movement will leave you both feeling happier and healthier. If the weather is not suitable for outdoor time, you can play tug-of-war, fetch, or keep away with their favorite toys inside. 

Laser pointers are a great way to get your kitties cardio in, and you’ll get an ab workout with all the laughs you’ll have while watching them chase the light.

The amount of exercise your pets need varies, but making a conscious effort to exercise together more frequently will strengthen your bond and help you both be your healthiest in the new year.


Make Grooming a Routine

Regular grooming is not only crucial for the health of your pet, but it is also a great way to bond with them. Brushing (teeth and coat), bathing, and nail trimming will make your pet feel and look better by ensuring that their skin is healthy, their fur is clean and free from tangles, and their teeth are healthy. 

When it comes to keeping your dogs skin and coat healthy, brushing and bathing are key. Pets should get a proper brushing a few times a week to remove hair mats, help them shed their seasonal coats, and to show them how much you love them. 

The amount of bathing your dog needs will vary based on their hair length, activity level, and if they have any allergies or skin conditions, but at a minimum, they should get a good lathering once every three months. 


Keep Them Safe

Our pets rely on us to keep them safe and healthy; in fact, it is our primary job as a pet parent. Here are a few ways you can ensure that your pet stays safe and out of harm’s way. 

  • Ensure your pet is microchipped and that your information is up to date.
  • Always walk your pet on a leash and make sure their collar or harness fits properly.
  • If your pet spends time in the yard alone, periodically check that the area is safe, and there aren’t any areas that your pet could squeeze through. 
  • Keep your pet up to date on flea, tick, and heartworm preventative.
  • Ensure food and cleaning supplies that are unsafe for pets are kept out of their reach.  


Make Dental Hygiene a Priority

Pet dental care is one of the most overlooked tasks in raising a pet. Generally speaking, dry food and dental treats can help keep your pet’s teeth clean and free of plaque and unhealthy build-up; however, they don’t replace a good old-fashioned brushing. 

Both regular brushing, once or twice a week, and annual cleanings performed by your veterinarian will help keep your pet’s teeth and mouth healthy.


Be Present

Most pets spend a considerable portion of their time waiting for us to arrive home from work, errands, and spending time with family and friends, so when you’re spending time with them, be present. 

Whether you are throwing their favorite toy, brushing their coat, enjoying a walk together, or even simply cuddling on the couch, they will appreciate your full attention. Being present with your pet will help you slow down and destress, which will result in both you and your dog being the happiest you can be.

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