Happy New Year! Do you have big plans for 2023? Or are you just more inclined to go with the flow, and see where the year takes you? Regardless of what is on your list of plans and resolutions, your animal companion will be in your corner, cheering you on in their own adorable way. Why not include them in your goals? In this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas, a vet lists some ways to give your pet the best year ever.
Just as with people, pets’ mental and emotional health plays a huge role in their general well-being and happiness. Make sure your animal companion is getting enough entertainment and stimulation. Toys, walks, playtime, attention, and, for some pets, adventures, will help provide that crucial enrichment.
Provide Little Comforts
Sometimes the little things really aren’t so little. Simply getting your pet a comfier bed or a better habitat can make a huge difference in their overall quality of life. Good grooming also plays a role here, as do climate control, clean habitats, and other small luxuries.
Pay close attention to your pet’s eating habits, moods, activity levels, and general behavior. Sometimes small changes and/or uncharacteristic behavior can signal health problems before symptoms appear. Keeping up with veterinary care is also important.
Never underestimate pets’ capacity for getting into mischief! Taking some basic precautions, like petproofing and staying on top of parasite control and vaccinations, can go a long way towards preventing illness, injury, and mishaps. Cats and smaller pets should be kept indoors, while Fido should remain leashed or in fenced areas when he’s outside.
We’re living in an age where new information is being revealed all the time. Animal care and behavior are things you can really never know too much about. Make it a point to do some more research this year.
Make Them Feel Loved
Our animal companions form very strong bonds with their humans, but that friendship has to be nurtured. Carve out some quiet quality time for your pet every day! Life really is just better with pets.
All of us at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO animal clinic, serving Louisville, CO and surrounding areas, wish you a wonderful new year. Contact us anytime!