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New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

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Goodbye 2015…HELLO 2016!!!

This year, I resolve to:

Make sure my pets are up to date on all their shots, and that they are micro-chipped.

Make time to take regular walks or trips to the dog park.

Take the time to play “No take. Just throw.” even when I don’t feel like it.

Make regular grooming appointments for my pets.

Make sure my pets are eating high quality food.

Stop giving my pets table scraps. People food is not pet food.

Make an effort to brush my dog/cat’s teeth regularly.

Make time for quiet scritchies and lots of petting.

Make sure my pets have plenty of toys to play with so they stay active and engaged.

Make sure my pets know how much I love them, every single day.

New Year’s Resolutions for Cats

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I promise to look at you in a way that makes you wonder if I’m plotting to take over the world.

I promise to turn my nose up at the fancy cat food you bought because I loved it last time.

I promise to lay on your keyboard to keep you from working too much.

I promise to show you my ninja skills regularly by running up your leg, climbing the drapes, or anything else that looks like it would be fun to conquer.

I promise to put my comfort first by winding myself around the top of your head at night.

I promise to bite your feet if you move and disturb my rest.

I promise to wake you at 3 in the morning because I’ve decided I want the fancy cat food after all.

I promise to regularly hide to send you into a panic trying to find me, then stroll in like I own the place.

I promise to try not to terrorize the dog. (I’m not sure if I can keep this one, but I’ll try)

I promise to love you with all of my heart, even when I’m acting like I don’t like you.

New Year’s Resolutions for Dogs

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I promise to quickly clean up any food you drop on the floor.

I promise to always wag my tail like a maniac when I see you, even if you only left the room for a minute.

I promise to try and let you go to the bathroom yourself.

I promise to try not to chew up toilet paper. Or shoes.

I promise to take you for walks so I can show you all the cool stuff by our house. I’ll stop and sniff/pee on things every three feet so you don’t get too tired.

I promise to lay my head on your leg and look pitiful so you can remember to give me treats.

I promise to be a good boy/good girl.

I promise to love you with all my heart.

Making Holidays Safe & Special For Your Pets

 

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The holidays are a busy time of year, so it’s easy for our furry friends to feel out of sorts or get into trouble. Here are some ways to make the holidays fun, safe and special for everyone.

Try to maintain your routine. Animals are creatures of habit, and disruption to their routine can cause all sorts of issues. Spend a little extra time with your pets when you can so they don’t feel forgotten amidst all the holiday hustle and bustle. After all, they’re part of your family, too!

Get outside for an extra walk – it’ll do you both good, and walking helps relieve stress.

Establish a safe retreat for your pet during extra busy holiday events. Lots of activity and new people coming in and out of the house can cause pets to become stressed, nervous or anxious. A safe room where pets can rest away from the activity and temptations of “people food” can help keep everyone happier and healthier.

Make certain your pets’ tags and contact information are up to date. Holiday activities provide a lot of opportunities for pets to escape from your home, so be certain your pet is wearing their collar with tags at all times. If they are not micro-chipped, consider making an appointment to have it done. Remember to watch the door.

Keep pet friendly treats at hand. People food is a huge temptation for companion animals – be sure to block access to cookies, candies and other people treats. If you can’t resist their pleading eyes (we know, it’s hard to say no), it’s OK give your pet a small treat. Just remember, “people foods” should be avoided they can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea or worse. Many people foods are even toxic to animals. Limit table scraps, and make sure your guests know not to share their food with your pets.

Be prepared for an emergency. Keep your vet’s number and the animal poison control center posted on the refrigerator or where you can easily find it. If an emergency arises, you’ll be glad you did.

Should Pets Be Holiday Gifts?

 

While most people adore puppies, kittens and other baby animals, please give lots of thought and careful consideration before adopting or purchasing one for a friend or family member during the holidays. It’s a busy time for everyone, with lots of family get togethers, parties, work obligations and sometimes, over-indulgences. With doorbells ringing, and people coming in and out of the house, holidays can be stressful enough for people, let alone an animal that’s in a strange environment.

Our furry, fuzzy friends can provide us with years of love and joy, however, companion animals of all ages require a lot of responsibility. They need more than just food and water – they need to be loved, cared for and respected as a member of the family. Training and quality family time, daily exercise, veterinary care, food, shelter, toys all add up to a big commitment.

Be sure to consider the lifestyle of the person before giving an animal.

Be sure to consider the financial resources of the person before giving an animal.

Be sure to consider the living arrangements and/or rental agreements of the person before giving an animal. Not everyone has the space or the ability to keep an animal comfortably.

Be sure to consider the temperament and exercise needs of the animal before giving a person.

If you believe you know someone that can and will provide all of these things for the lifetime of the animal, then by all means, adopt an animal from a shelter and make two lives merrier.

If you decide to give an animal as a gift, an easy way to make their day is to wrap up a picture of the animal and include some items that your lucky recipient will need: food, feeding bowls, toys, etc. Make arrangements to pick up the new pet after the holiday rush if possible, as it will be easier on everyone, especially the pet.

Above all else: remember not everyone is prepared for the commitment. Many “Christmas gift animals” are returned to the shelter, or even worse, abandoned. If you don’t plan on giving an animal as a gift, you can still give a gift to help animals by donating food, toys, litter and blankets to your local shelter.