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2016 Resolutions for the Pet Owner and Pet

If you are looking at a room full of exercise equipment that went unused, or a bookcase full of low-fat cookbooks that were never opened, resolutions may seem like a waste of time. Your 2015 resolutions may have even resembled fantasy fiction more than a working reality.

But, resolutions can start to seem a little more achievable when they involve something or someone you love. In this case, your four-legged family member.

In fact, since studies have shown that pet owners get ruff-ly 30 minutes more of exercise 5 days a week. Considering that, maybe involving Patches in the resolution will give you a lot more motivation.

Top Five Pet Friendly 2016 Resolutions

  1. Increase your outdoor play time – Exercise can be made more enjoyable by spending time in a beautiful outdoor location. Here in Arizona, winter is prime time for hiking some of the local trails or playing a game of Frisbee at the park. Since both you and your pet need 30 minutes of heart-pumping exercise each day, spending time in nature is a good way to get some fresh air and get over the winter blahs.
  2. Unplug the devices and plug into quality time – How many of us spend more time looking at the phone or computer than at our adorable fur friend? Or, if we are spending time with loved ones, we usually try and multitask all of the busy work that seems to be a part of modern existence. Try taking a break from multitasking and simply focus on the task at hand with your pet, whether that is going for a walk, brushing his hair, or simply sitting together watching the sun set for the day. We all need that calm, focused, mindful time.
  3. Ditch the junk food – After the holidays, most of us feel like we’ve consumed way too much sugar. Sometimes the indulgence extends to our pets by adding table scraps or too much kibble to our fur friend’s bowl. Nutrition and the right balance of vitamins and minerals is essential to the health of human and animal companion alike. And, if your pet’s meal plan needs an overhaul, inquire with us about recommended dietary choices.
  4. Spend more time with (fur) friends – Is there a friend or loved one who you’ve been meaning to visit? How about fellow pet lovers who you’d like to see more often? Social time in the company of friends and family is a wonderful way to stay connected and offer your pet important socialization, necessary for his emotional wellbeing, too.
  5. Make prevention a priority – One of the best things you can do for your health and the health of your furry loved one is to maintain annual wellness examinations. Preventative medicine focuses on all aspects of wellbeing, from medical care and screenings to nutrition and dental care. When it comes to veterinary medicine, the goals are the same. Through consistent wellness care, early detection and the prevention of diseases and illnesses are possible. Schedule an appointment for yourself and your pet and make improved health a priority.

As we enter into another great year, we can approach 2016 in a proactive way, setting attainable goals for ourselves and our animal companions.

Happy, healthy New Year from all of us at Animal Medical & Surgical Center!