Four Simple Tips on How to be Active and Healthier with Your Pets this YearPosted by VSEC Thousand Oaks on Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The New Year is a great time to focus not only on your health but also the well-being of your pets. If your New Year’s resolutions include being more active and healthier, why not include your furry family members? Ensuring your pets are active and mentally stimulated not only keeps them healthy but can also help avoid trips to the ER.
Here are our four pet health tips for the New Year!
1. Enjoy the Outdoors
As much as we love to cuddle with our furry loved ones, it is important to be active every day. A daily walk with your dog is a great form of exercise, both for you and your pup. Add some mental stimulation and explore a new place to walk. Southern California has many dog-friendly hiking trails, parks, and even beaches to enjoy.
We can’t leave out the cats. Be brave and learn how to leash train your cat.
2. Clean Out the Toy Box
As pet parents, we tend to spoil our fur babies. If your dog or cat received toys for the holidays, it might be time to throw away the old and damaged ones. If they are still in decent condition, consider washing them and donating to a shelter. Pick up a new toy and go outside with your dog – throw a ball around for some fun. If your kitty needs some extra stimulation, grab his or her favorite stuffed mouse or laser and play a game of chase. Again, interacting with your pet is not only beneficial for their physical health but also helps keep them mentally stimulated. It also gets you off the couch!
3. Schedule a Visit with Your Primary Care Veterinarian
Has it been a while since your pet visited their primary care veterinarian? Just as in human medicine, regular visits to the veterinarian are imperative for good health. During these wellness check-ups, your pet will receive a thorough examination and if they are middle-aged or older, screening blood tests may be recommended. By identifying any changes early, you often end up saving money by treating it before it becomes a bigger issue.
4. Nutrition and Weight Management
More than half of all pets are considered overweight, leading to potential health risks. Review your pet’s eating habits. Are you feeding them table scraps or giving too many treats throughout the day? During the visit with the veterinarian, ask about your pet’s nutritional needs including recommended food brands, serving sizes, and whether any changes are needed to your pet’s diet. Instead of sharing bites of your food, incorporate healthy treat options including carrots, pumpkin, apples, blueberries and more.
We hope you find these tips easy to implement and helpful. Please share with fellow pet parents.