Laura Nativo's New Year's Resolutions for your Pets

Resolution #1 Nutrition
Nutrition – Feed your dog the best possible diet. Proper diet is the foundation of a preventive health care program. Learn to read pet food labels and avoid products containing bad ingredients like by-products and chemicals.
Read Pet Food Labels and Avoid By-Products and Chemicals

Don’t overfeed your dogs, use an 8-ounce measuring cup to ensure your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need. Obesity is a condition that is manmade; no dog is born obese. Since obesity is the most common nutritional disease and leads to increased health care costs and increased incidence of diseases, I will prevent it by properly feeding my dog.

Resolution #2 Groom Your Pet Daily and Practice Good Oral Hygiene Habits

Groom your pet daily. Brushing your pet serves many purposes. It removes excess fur from the coat, reducing the amount you find on your clothes and furniture. It helps distribute oils from the skin to the fur, keeping the coat shiny and healthy. Lastly, daily grooming is a bonding activity that demonstrates to your pet how much you love them by taking care of them in a very soothing manner. Next to bed have grooming dog products. Daily toothbrushing is the best way to keep tartar and plaque at bay — just 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 pearly whites in tip top shape long into your pet’s senior years. Brush every day but if you can’t realistically 3 days a week.

Resolution #3 Incorporate Play Time with Your Pets

Teach an Old Dog New Tricks Relationship - I will learn a new sport or hobby with my pet! I will think about my dog's natural instincts and explore a way to deepen my bond through training. 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.
Studies Show Mental Stimulation reduces Cognitive Deterioration in Aging Animals.

New Year's Resolutions for Your Pets

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