MJ Wixsom: Resolutions for furry companions

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 1, 2024

As the year draws to a close and we gear up for a fresh start, it’s the perfect time to reflect on our companions’ well-being — our beloved pets! 

Just as we set resolutions for ourselves, why not channel some of that positive energy into ensuring our furry friends have the happiest, healthiest year ahead? Here are some resolutions worth considering:

1. Just like us, pets benefit from a healthy weight. 

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Excess pounds can lead to various health issues. Consult your veterinarian for a tailored diet and exercise plan. 

Portion control and interactive feeding methods can make mealtimes more engaging and help maintain a healthy weight.

2. Whether it’s an extra stroll around the block or a romp in the park, increasing physical activity can do wonders for your pet’s mental and physical health. 

Regular walks and playtime not only keep them fit but also strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion.

3. Consider dedicating more time to training sessions. 

Positive reinforcement techniques can reinforce good behavior and deepen the connection between you and your pet. This year, commit to learning new training methods or enrolling in obedience classes — it’s an investment in a happier coexistence.

4. The saying goes, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but that couldn’t be further from the truth! 

Engaging your pet’s mind with new challenges or tricks stimulates their cognitive abilities and keeps them mentally sharp. 

It’s a joyful way to bond and enrich their lives.

5. Ensure your pet’s medical records are up-to-date. Schedule routine check-ups, vaccinations, and dental care appointments as recommended by your veterinarian. 

Early detection of health issues can significantly improve treatment outcomes and prolong your furry friend’s life.

New Year’s resolutions for our pets aren’t just about creating a checklist, they’re about nurturing their overall well-being and fostering a deeper connection with these cherished members of our families. 

Remember, every small step towards a healthier, happier pet counts!

So, as we approach the dawn of a new year, let’s commit to making it the most joyous, enriching, and healthy year yet—for both ourselves and our furry companions. 

Here’s to a paw-some New Year ahead!

MJ Wixsom, DVM MS is a best-selling Amazon author who practices at Guardian Animal Medical Center in Flatwoods, Ky. GuardianAnimal.com 606-928-6566