iStock_000050381606_LargeFor many of us, the start of a new year brings with it thoughts of change, most specifically things we would like to change about ourselves. This year, the pet experts at Springbrook Animal Care Center invite you to take a closer look at how you may be able to improve the health and happiness of your furry family members with our list of New Year’s resolution ideas for your pets.

Creative New Year’s Resolutions For Pets

As pet parents and animal lovers, you want the best for your pet. Consider the following ways to refine and enhance your pet care routines:

Lost And Found – The benefits of microchipping your pet cannot be overstated. A microchip will greatly increase your chances of being reunited with your pet should he or she become lost. If you haven’t microchipped your pet yet, call us to schedule an appointment.

Safety Check – Keeping our pets safe is something we may not always think about until it’s too late. Take this opportunity to give your home and yard a “once over” by checking fences and enclosures for holes or structural instabilities and making sure all toxic chemicals such as rodent poison and antifreeze are stored where pets can’t access them.

Indoor Cat Needs – The start of a new year is the perfect time to take a good look at your indoor cat’s environment and make sure he or he has ample opportunities for exercise and play (cat trees or even an old cardboard box or paper bag make wonderful cat “toys”). Consider purchasing a slow-feeder or food puzzle toy to keep your cat’s brain busy and encourage his or her natural foraging instincts. While you’re at it, take a look at your litter box situation and make any necessary changes (you need one litter box per cat plus one extra).

Play Time – Taking the time out of your busy schedule to pet, talk to, and play with your four-legged-friend several times per day will strengthen the bond between the two of you. Also, spending quality time with pets has proven health benefits for humans, such as lowered blood pressure.

New Year’s Resolutions For You, Too!

We all have a bad habit or two we’d like to break, whether that is to quit smoking or drinking, get off the couch and start exercising, or put down that ubiquitous smartphone every so often and smell the roses. Why not let our pets help us with our challenges?

Every time you have the urge to reach for a cigarette, cupcake, or your phone, head outside for a short walk with your dog or pick up your cat’s favorite toy for a quick game of chase. Your pet gets more attention, and you get some help climbing out of an unhealthy rut. Win-win!

Happy 2016, from all of us at Springbrook Animal Care Center!