Attainable New Years Goals for Improving the Life of Your Pet

One of the most popular activities of the new year is making resolutions to follow to improve your life, but this year, why not set some easy goals to improve the quality of life for your pets as well? Even though many of us treat our animals like our children, we can take them for granted during the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. While some people feel it is important to spend money on elaborate toys and accessories for their pets, it is even more essential to spend time working with them on developing healthy habits that will greatly improve the quality of their lives. If you are interested in making some resolutions for your dog or cat, 5 Points Animal Hospital would like to share with you a few easily attainable goals for this new year.

Keep up with regular checkups.

You may feel like you know your pet better than any doctor possibly could, so if your pet were to get sick, you would be the first to know. However, the veterinarians at 5 Points Animal Hospital are trained to spot illnesses and diseases before symptoms begin to show, which is why it is so important to bring your pet in for an annual checkup every year. The World Online, Central Vermont’s Hometown Newspaper, has a good tip of scheduling this visit on or around your pet’s birthday to make it easier to remember.

Feed your pets a proper diet.

While it may seem like you are doing something special for your dog by feeding him table scraps, you are actually harming his health. This can quickly lead to overfeeding and weight gain, which can shorten your dog’s life. If you need help with knowing the best diet for your dog, 5 Points Animal Hospital can help you pick out the right food and tell you the exact amount he should be eating each day.

Provide plenty of exercise.

When you have an indoor dog, he needs to get a dose of exercise every day. It is essential to commit yourself to walking your dog at least once a day. While being able to go to an off-leash dog park for 30 minutes or to the countryside for an hour is great, all you really need is 10 minutes to take your dog for a stroll around the block. Not only is it healthy for both of you, but it goes a long way to battle the boredom that an indoor dog can endure at times.

Setting these three goals, along with giving your pet an abundance of love and affection, will really make a big difference in his quality of life this year. You can go ahead and make one of these resolutions by contacting us at 5 Points Animal Hospital to schedule your pet’s yearly checkup appointment today.

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