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Essex Pet-Lover, Myles Barclay’s Pet-Positive New Year’s Resolutions

30 Dec Essex Pet-Lover, Myles Barclay’s Pet-Positive New Year’s Resolutions

By Myles Barclay

We all like to start the New Year¬ with plans to live a healthier and happier life. And there’s no reason these good intentions shouldn’t extend to your furry family members. Here are 8 pet-friendly resolutions you should be making for 2017…

1. Start a pet journal

We all lose track of appointments now and again. Keep on top of all your pet’s vital information: medical visits, playtimes, weights – anything you may need to refer to in order to keep them happy and healthy.

You can also get smartphone apps that store this information and message you with reminders of appointments and key dates – you’ll never fall behind on your animal’s check-ups.

2. Take control of your pet’s weight

Your pet’s health should be one of your main priorities, and weight is a key indicator that everything is running smoothly. Being overweight could be a tell-tale sign that your pooch has a thyroid problem, while an underweight cat or rabbit could be suffering from stress or disease.

It’s important that you keep your animal’s weight under control by making sure they are eating just enough for their species/breed/age.

Weigh your pet regularly, and measure their food to ensure you’re not over or under-feeding them. You should also keep up to date with the types of food your four-legged friend can eat or should avoid.

If you reward your pet for good behaviour, try to find a way to treat them that doesn’t involve food – like a new toy or a ride out in the car.

3. Start a pet savings fund

As animals get older, their needs change. Sometimes the cost of caring for them increases and sometimes they need more specialist food or toys to keep their mind and body active.
Putting a little away each month will give you peace of mind, relieving some of the stress associated with receiving a sudden vet’s bill.

4. Have a toy rotation schedule

Pets can become complacent with the same old toys, day in, day out. Variety is a sure fire way to keep them interested and prevent boredom.
Plan to rotate your toys at least every couple of weeks and store the old ones away for another day.
The feeling of something new will prompt intrigue in your cat and it’s cheaper than buying new toys.

5. Try new things

Like humans, pets can get bored very easily ¬- particularly if they don’t have activities, toys and one-on-one time to keep them stimulated.
Keep things interesting by trying out new activities and games with your furry family member. Why not take your dog swimming? Or take your indoor cat outside for a walk on a lead. Set up obstacle courses made from cardboard boxes, tubes