New Year's Resolutions For You And Your Pet
Here are 10 New Year's resolutions for you and your pet:
1. Lose some weight. The latest veterinary statistic
revealed that 80 percent of
all dogs and cats in households are overweight. Obesity shortens the
life of your
pets, so the decision is yours.
2. Exercise. Not only do most pets need to go on a diet,
but they also need more
exercise. Walk your dog at least five times a week. Buy a bottle of
have your cat chase and jump at the bubbles. This is loads of exercise
cat and will provide a good chuckle for you, also.
3. Vaccinate your pets annually and give heartworm
preventative to your cat and
dogs. Preventative medicine is always less expensive in the long run.
4. Share your pet with others. Take your dog or cat to a
local nursing home and
let the residents enjoy your pet. This is a very rewarding experience
you will really
enjoy. But check with the homes about their regulations.
5. Consider your neighbors. Don't let your dog bark for
6. Take safety precautions. Always walk your pet on a
leash. Never let it roam
the neighbors yard.
7. Give your pet a home checkup at least once or twice a
week. Check your
pet's eyes, ears, skin and general attitude.
8. Invest in obedience training. You can't imagine how
much more you will enjoy
your pet if he or she is properly trained. [Editor's note: Training
based on positive
reinforcement is fun for both you and your dog.]
9. Pet-proof your home. Keep your medicine and food up
and away from your
pets. Nosey pets will get into candy left on the coffee table or your
the bed stand. Pretend your pets are like 2 year old children and take
10. Love your pet. There are too many pets put in the
back yard and forgotten
about. Remember, there is a responsibility to owning a pet. There is not
a pet in
this world that doesn't like a rub on the head or a pat on the back.
Give your pet
some attention on a regular basis. It is great for the pet and good for
pressure. Your pet will surely listen well, not talk back, always be
glad to see you
and love you more than you will know.
Source: Tampa Tribune - Baylife at Home - Page 7
January 2, 1999
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