Be The BEST Pet Owner With These 9 Animal-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for people — they’re also great for pets. The New Year is the perfect time to re-examine your pet’s lifestyle, break bad habits, and find ways to build a healthier routine for the both of you. Whether you’re looking to get more active with your furry friend or simply want to try something different and fun, you can use the New Year as motivation for a fresh start. Here are nine resolutions that will make you the best owner in the eyes of your pet.

9. Spend More Time With Your Pet

One of the best things you can do for your animal friend in the New Year is to spend quality time with them. Whether you head out for an extra-long walk, wrestle on the floor, or hang out together with a good book, the together-time is good for both of you. These valuable moments give you time to bond; this is particularly important for dogs, who tend to be comforted by strong attachments to their humans.

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8. Visit The Vet

Regular check-ups for your pet can help you identify and treat health problems before they become serious issues. These visits help you monitor your pet’s weight and activity, and provide a convenient time to ask about behavioral concerns or other issues. They also keep you up to date on preventative measures for illnesses like Lyme disease, heartworm, and other such ailments. Consider planning visits around your pet’s vaccination schedule for convenience.

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7. Capture The Moment

It’s easy to forget to take photos when you’re caught up in daily life. This New Year, make a point to capture photos of your pet during the good times. In addition to fun action shots during playtime, try to snap images of everyday moments: napping in the sunshine, curled up on your lap, or looking out the window when your kids come home. Print and display the pictures along with the rest of your family photos. When your pet gets older, these images can be sweet reminders of treasured memories.

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