Happy holidays from Newkirk Family Veterinarians, your vet in Egg Harbor Township, NJ! As 2016 arrives, many of us are starting to form our New Year’s resolutions, different goals to achieve and rules we wish to live by in the new year. When you think about it, many of the things we want for ourselves—health, happiness, exercise—are also the things that we want for our pets. With that in mind, we have put together a list of popular New Year’s resolutions that could benefit both you and your animals:
- More walks: Rather than using the treadmill in a stuffy gym, make your pet a part of your exercise routine this year. There are few things more motivating than a loving animal, and you will be improving both your and your pet’s health and happiness.
- Eat healthier: Are you using the best pet food brand? There are a lot of great healthy options out there, including organic, holistic weight loss and grain free pet foods. Consult your veterinarian about what might be best for your pet, and experiment with some healthy diets for your dog or cat.
- Quality time: If you want to spend more quality time with your family and friends this year, try and plan outings that will include your furry friends as well. Trips to the park, beach days, hiking and even a simple trip to dine at an outdoor restaurant are all fun bonding activities that everyone can enjoy.
- Stay organized: Is your dog up to date on all of her vaccines? When was the last time you cleaned out your aquarium? Getting your life in order also means getting your pet’s life in order, and it will result in cleaner, happier and healthier humans and animals.
- Get disciplined: If your pet is known to wander a lot on the leash, doesn’t always listen when you tell them to sit or barks too much at the neighbors, it might be time to consider some gentle discipline lessons for you and your furry friends. Ask your vet in Egg Harbor Township, NJ for a good referral.
- Cut back on unhealthy snacks: Often, the first shopping trip after New Year’s consists of vegetables, fruits and other healthy snacks. You can take the same approach with your dog by really paying attention to the treats you buy for them. If you aren’t sure where to start, ask a holistic vet.
- Give to charity: Unfortunately, there are many animals that do not have the same great opportunities that you give to your pet. You and your family can make a real difference by donating money, volunteer time or gently used toys and pet supplies to your local shelter.
For help with keeping your pets healthy and happy during 2016, we hope you will trust Newkirk Family Veterinarians, your locally owned and operated vet in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Our entire staff would like to wish a very happy New Year to all our patients and their human caretakers.