The new year is here, and it is a great time to switch things up and try out some pawsitive new habits! Here are five tips to help you and your pet make the best of the new year, and years to come!
1. Get More Exercise
Is your pet looking a little heavy? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 59% of cats and 54% of dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. While diet plays a large role in a pet’s weight, exercise is still an incredibly important factor in maintaining a healthy weight. Not only is exercise good for your pet’s body, but it also stimulates the brain. So even if your pet doesn’t need to lose weight, more exercise can lead to a happier cat or dog.
2. Change Up Their Diet
Variety is the spice of life, and not just for humans. Animals need many various vitamins and proteins in order to stay healthy, and not all of them can be found in just one type of food. Cycling flavors (within the same brand) based on nutrients or adding supplements can ensure that your pet gets what it needs in order to stay healthy. If your pet does need to lose a couple pounds, changing from your standard kibble to a less carb-based diet can help. Check with your vet before committing to any large diet changes.
3. See New Places
We live here in Humboldt, one of the most beautiful places in the world! Why not share that with your pet? There are many dog-friendly spots to visit, as well as spaces for your cat to roam. Enjoy a morning run on the Samoa dunes, sniff around the Redwoods, or watch the sunset at Moonstone beach. Whether you’re staying local or traveling somewhere else, seeing new places can enrich a pet’s life and build confidence. Not sure where to take your pet? Stop by our store and pick up a free guide to Humboldt’s wild places. So, suit your pet up with activity-appropriate gear and hit the road!
4. Learn New Tricks
Learning new tricks through positive reinforcement is an incredible bonding experience for pets. Not only does your pet learn something new and useful, but it increases your ability to communicate with your pet. Though some pets may take a little more time and effort to train than others, it’s never too late to add new things to your pet’s repertoire. Patience is a must, and definitely benefits both pet and humans!
5. Visit Your Vet
It is important to know just how well your pet is doing. While frequent vet visits can get quite expensive, it is important to at least have an annual checkup for your adult dog or cat, though puppies and kittens may require more frequent visits depending on how young they are. A vet can really guide you through the steps required to ensure your pet has a healthy and long life. Many common ailments that befall our pets are often preventable, and a vet can spot early signs of trouble. A vet visit is also a great time to ask about your pet’s diet!