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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet (and You)

The start of a new year can signal a fresh start for pets needing a change in their routine. For example, with over 50 percent of pets in the U.S. classified as overweight, now is the time to start  a new diet and exercise regimen for their pets. Here are some resolution ideas to make this year a healthier one for your pet!

Measure Your Pet’s Food – Every Time!

Many owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. It’s important to use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your pet is not taking in more calories than they need. Recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are good place to start to figure out how much food Fido (or Kitty) needs.

Choose an Age-Appropriate Diet

Growing pets have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow healthy and strong. Some senior pets may have lower energy needs, but have other medical issues that may be helped with the appropriate diet. Choosing a diet specifically tailored to your pet’s life stage is a great way to keep them healthy.

 Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits with Your Pet

Daily tooth brushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque at bay. Be sure to use a toothpaste meant for dogs and cats. Water additives, dental diets, and treats designed to reduce tartar can also be a helpful tool in keeping teeth clean. And even with all of these tricks, regular cleanings by a licensed veterinarian are the best way to keep those teeth in tip top shape long into your pet’s senior years.

Teach an Old Dog a New Trick

Studies show that mental stimulation can help reduce cognitive deterioration in aging animals. In other words, keeping your senior pet’s brain active can actually make it healthier! Teaching your pet new tricks and practicing those they already know are a great way to keep those neurons firing. Puzzle feeders, which force a pet to think through a task in order to be rewarded with a treat, are also an excellent way to keep a pet’s mind engaged. (Information courtesy of  Petmd.com)

Let Kat's K9 City Pet Services help you. Our pet service providers have over 15 years of experience.  We can give your furry buddy a brisk 30 minute walk in your neighborhood. Or, if you have a more active pup we can take them for a hike to one of the wonderful canyons or parks that surround the San Fernando Valley. ­An exercised pet is a happy and healthy pet!

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