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New Years Resolutions for Pets

Posted on: 12/16/2010 10:26:33 AM under Dogs

When drawing up a list of New Year’s resolutions, do you as an owner of a cat and dog include your pets, or is it a case of you have good intends but never start or start but soon falter. There is a common belief that if you look after your pets they will look after you. We all lead busy lives and it’s hard to fit in that extra quality time, but there are five ways you can make the time you do have with your dog or indoor cat more productive.

Here’s here top ten list of pet related New Year’s resolutions:

1. Spray or neuter your pets, adding more years to their lives and improving their behavior.

2. Provide age-appropriate health care through good pet insurance so that you develop a good idea about their health and build a relationship with your veterinarian. Also

3. Give them a diet suited to their age and medical condition. As we humans like to indulge during Christmas we tend to give our pets some the surplus food that has been left over. Pets kept at their ideal body weight live longer. Look for foods designed for different stages of life and medical conditions, this is very important as it could prolong their life.

4. Give them medicines that is required regularly to prevent heartworm and fleas. Cat's are much more sensitive to certain parasiticides than dogs, so their heartworm medications are different. Never use a medicine designed for dogs on your cat.

5. Groom them at home on a regular basis and, especially the minor grooming procedures, because it causes less stress, this relates in particular to dogs.

6. Exercise and play with your cat and dog more often, each day if possible.

7. Seek expert advice from your veterinarian on behavior problems. A basic training class might be useful, especially for a new puppy.

8. Socialise your pets with other animals and people by taking them to the park, an agility/training class or socialisation classes.

9. Donate time, effort or even some resources to a local animal welfare group.

10. If your pet is especially social, patient and people-oriented, consider certifying it as a therapy animal. Studies have confirmed that pets increase a person’s life span, help speed recovery for both young and older patients, and are a great morale booster to people in various psychiatric and medical programs.