According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2018 is the year of the Dog and its characteristic word is ACTION! ... The Dog occupies the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac. You are a “Dog Chinese zodiac animal” if you are born in one of these years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018. I am actually a Monkey-according to the Chinese Zodiac…kinda fun to see what animal you are? Go here to find out https://www.chinahighlights.com
Looking back on 2017 and welcoming in 2018, I am optimistic and excited. I learned from mistakes made in 2017 (playing fetch at the beach with Josie and the dangers of sand), and excited in 2018 to share more of my experiences, tips, ideas, and great pet products through my monthly article with all of you.
Every year we begin wanting & resolving to do (or quit doing) something and expect to be the game changer in our lives. For example, with over 50 percent of pets in the U.S. classified as overweight (like many of us per doctor’s charts) there’s no better time for owners to commit to a new diet, and exercise plan for their pets as that seems to be the top resolution for people too! Here are 5 ideas to consider this year that can help you and your fur kid in the family stay healthy and safe.
#1 Measure Your Pet’s Food - Every Time & Choose an Age Appropriate Diet!
Many of us pet owners “eyeball” their pet’s daily intake, and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain. Make sure to use a measuring cup so your pet isn’t taking in more calories than they need. The recommended feeding guidelines on the bag are good place to start, even if like me you don’t think it’s enough. Puppies & older pets have very specific nutrient requirements to ensure their bodies grow healthy and strong. Do pay attention, or talk to your vet or pet store where you by food to make sure you are feeding your dog food tailored to your pet’s life stage and age to keep them in good health.
#2 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 older 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.
# 3 Pet ID Info
Over the course of a year, lots of things change- people move, get new phone numbers, and forget to update their pet’s tags, microchip information, and to register your dog. I personally thought the Vet registered my dog for me-Wrong! You need to register your pet with the City as well, or you can get hit with a hefty fine. Keeping your pet’s information up to date is so important in case of them getting lost or displaced.
#4 Make a Date with Your Vet
Yearly examinations by the veterinarian are a key component of good preventive care. This will help you stay up to date on their oral care, vaccines, ask advice, or get an expert opinion on any issues you may have with your pet.
#5 Try a New Activity with Your Pet
From hiking, walking, paddle board- to dog yoga, it’s easier than ever for people to incorporate their pet into a new exercise routine. It’s a great way to bond, it’ll get you both out of the house, and both owner and pet will reap the rewards of a healthy physical activity. Meet-up groups are a great way to find like-minded pet owners to join you in your exercise, too! I personally have a group I connect with nightly, and even do Friday nights together after the park where we can bring our fur kids.
Whatever your resolutions maybe-I wish you success. My personal- take Action resolution in this year of the dog will be looking into fostering, or getting with some local shelters to help walk pets since that is a part of mine and Josie’s daily routine. I will also be attending SuperZoo for the first time in Vegas over the summer. I look forward to a year ahead of good times and experiences.
Always try to rescue when pawsible.
5 Ideas To Keep You & Your Pet Healthy & Safe
Dawn McCarthy Jan 2017 The Beauty Battalion
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