January. Just hearing the word can bring a sense of new opportunities and hope for what the New Year will bring us. Often, this is a time when folks make a New Year’s resolution, and consider giving up those things that complicate their lives, or commit to things which enrich their lives.
However, one look at statistics which reveal the percentage of Americans who make resolutions vs. those who are successful indicates 45% of Americans make them, and only 8% actually are successful in achieving them. (University of Scranton, Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1.1.2014)
Let’s keep it simple. We are pet owners who adore our pets. What if the secret to a healthier lifestyle (one of the top New Year’s Resolutions every year,) not only will make you healthier, but will make your pet HAPPIER? What if we all just committed to a 20-30 minute walk each day with our favorite furry friend? The wags and dog smiles would certainly be worth it, and make it even more motivating to grab the leash each day! Even grabbing a quick photo each day on your walk would provide smiles for those rainy or blustery days when it’s too uncomfortable to journey outside.
As long as we’re talking about healthier and happier, don’t forget to schedule your pet’s annual wellness exam. Did you know that by developing a routine wellness plan which includes preventative care, you may actually save money on veterinary costs? There’s no better way to protect your pet from common parasites/diseases. By thwarting flea and tick, heartworm, and other common dangers to your pet before they have a chance to cause illness, your pet will be able to enjoy those walks each day, and be a treasured part of your family longer!
Questions about this or other ways to keep your pet healthy in the New Year? Give us a call! We know what a special role your four-legged family member has and will treat your pet as if he were our own.
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