Happy New Year! What resolutions have you made—and stuck to—to make each year healthier and happier? Don’t forget to include your furry companion in these goals. Here are three New Year’s resolutions that will benefit your pet.

#1: Brush up on your pet’s dental care

Make at least one change for the better for your pet in their oral health care routine by giving them daily dental chews, using water additives, or tackling toothbrushing. Take a peek at your pet’s teeth for plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to painful gingivitis, tooth-root abscesses, bone loss, and systemic infection. Check out the Veterinary Oral Health Council’s list of approved dental care products designed to battle oral bacteria. 

#2: Banish boredom for a happy pet

Pets have an easy life. We serve them their food, make their beds cozy, and supply never-ending toys, no matter how many fluffy squeakers meet their demise. But, such a life of luxury can become, well, boring. Spice up your pet’s daily routine with a puzzle feeder instead of a food dish, an outing to somewhere different, or a fresh trick to learn.

#3: Shed those holiday pounds for a healthier pet

As our pets don’t need to go into hibernation mode, stocking up on calories serves no purpose. Overweight pets are at a higher risk of developing diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart and liver disease, and some forms of cancer. 

Having a tough time sticking to those resolutions for a happier, healthier pet? Contact us for help.