What goals do you want to accomplish this year? Maybe you want to find a better job, eat healthier, read more books, or shed that last stubborn 10 pounds. Making resolutions at the beginning of the year is a great way to set the tone for the entire year, and gives you something to work toward. You also can set goals for your pet and work together to achieve these objectives. When creating resolutions for your furry pal, think about what they might want to accomplish—they may have the same dreams as you. Here are five New Year’s resolutions from our Greenfield Veterinary Clinic team that your pet might want you to make.

#1: Your pet wants to be a 5 out of 9

Although your pet is far more than a 10 out of 10 in the lovability department, they should be a 5 out of 9 on the body condition scale. Knowing how to correctly evaluate your pet’s body condition score is more useful than measuring their weight on a scale. A body condition score judges your particular pet, instead of comparing them to the weight for breed standards. 

Use a body condition scale to determine where your pet falls and how much work you need to do to help them reach that ideal 5 out of 9. Feel for your pet’s ribs, and if you cannot feel them, your furry pal needs to lose a significant amount of weight. You also should be able to see a visible waistline that creates an hourglass shape, and your pet should have an abdominal tuck when viewed from the side. If your pet is more round than curvy or has a sagging belly, they need a comprehensive diet and exercise plan.

#2: Your pet wants kissably fresh breath

Your pet’s stinky breath is no joke. In fact, it is a sign of serious dental disease, which can cause a host of health issues that harm not only their mouth, but also their heart, liver, and kidneys. Take care of your furry pal’s bad breath—and their oral health—by starting a daily dental care plan at home. Aim to brush your pet’s teeth every day, but at least do it three times a week. Round out your dental care plan with approved treats, chews, food and water additives, and dental wipes. In addition to daily care, your pet should have annual oral exams and dental cleanings. These veterinary services will help remove every last trace of plaque and tartar, and give your pet a fresh slate in terms of oral health. By staying on top of your pet’s dental care at home in between cleanings, you will ensure they have kissably fresh breath all year long. 

#3: Your pet wants to look—and feel—their best

A fresh new look will help your pet feel refreshed and ready to take on the new year. Regular brushing will remove dead fur, prevent mats, and disperse natural skin oils, while bathing will strip dirt and debris from your pet’s coat. Keeping your pet’s nails trimmed will prevent them from snagging and breaking, while routine ear cleanings will reduce infections and help you spot problems sooner. By regularly grooming your pet, you can strengthen the bond you share, check for health issues, and acclimate your furry pal to the bathtub, nail clippers, and ear cleaning.

#4: Your pet wants to be entertained when you are gone

Your pet’s days can be pretty boring if you work long hours and they are left home alone. Enrich their days by:

  • Feeding them from a food puzzle
  • Purchasing toys that will interact with them (e.g., ball launcher, robotic mouse)
  • Spending extra time with them before and after work doing their favorite activity
  • Hiring a pet sitter or dog walker

If your dog is a social butterfly, they may enjoy romping with other canines at doggy day care. Cats prefer their home territory, but would appreciate vertical expansion. Make use of your walls by installing cat shelves and adding climbing towers, scratching posts, and lookout perches.

#5: Your pet wants to stay healthy

Above all, you and your pet want them to be as healthy as possible so they can enjoy a long life. There is no better way to keep your four-legged friend happy and healthy than with regular wellness care. During your pet’s wellness appointment, our team will provide:

  • Vaccinations to protect against infectious diseases
  • Parasite testing and prevention
  • A physical exam of body systems
  • Early detection screening tests
  • Advice on an appropriate diet
  • Dental care recommendations

These preventive care measures will serve your furry pal well throughout 2023 and beyond, working to keep them in great health.

You can count on our Greenfield Veterinary Clinic team to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions regarding your pet’s wellness. Give us a call to schedule a wellness visit.