2021 has come to an end and it's time to look forward towards the future. Perhaps you're thinking about your own New Year's resolutions for 2022. If so, have you thought about making some for your pets? Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions for pets that pet owners should consider making to help their furry friends live better lives this year.
1) Make a Pet Preparedness Plan & Bag
One of the best ways to help ensure your pet's safety in case of an emergency is to have a pet preparedness plan and bag ready. First, take care of the basics like making sure your pets are microchipped and wear collars with ID tags.
Next, prepare a pet emergency kit with essentials like travel accessories, IDs and paperwork, a first aid kit, and food and water. Finally, make sure you have a plan in place in case an emergency strikes. Check out our post from last year for step-by-step instructions on how to make your pet preparedness plan and bag.
2) Get Pet Health Insurance
One way to help financially protect yourself in case of an emergency is to get pet health insurance. Vet bills can quickly add up, so having insurance can help you cover some or all of the costs associated with unexpected illness or injury.
There are a variety of pet insurance plans available, so do your research and find one that fits your needs and budget. And remember, pet insurance is not just for dogs and cats – many policies also cover other types of animals like birds, rabbits, and even exotic pets. Already have pet health insurance? Check out our next resolution! But if you don't, this post will help you decide whether it's right for you and your pet.
3) Use More Reward-Based Training Techniques
Did you know that reward-based training (sometimes referred to as positive reinforcement training) can help your pet become a more well-behaved member of the household? In addition to reducing behavior problems, using rewards during training will make it easier for your pet to learn new tricks and commands.
There are a variety of reward-based training techniques that can be used, so find one that works best for you and your pet. And don't forget to have plenty of treats on hand! For more information on using reward-based training techniques, check out this excellent article from VCA Animal Hospitals.
4) Take Better Care of Your Pet's Teeth
Poor dental health can cause a wide range of problems in pets, including dental disease, tooth loss, and even systemic health issues. That's why it's so important to take good care of your pet's teeth and gums by following a dental hygiene routine.
If you haven't been doing a good job of taking care of your pet's teeth, now's the time to start! And if you need help getting started, check out our top 5 dental healthcare tips for pets. You'll learn about the importance of feeding the right diet, how often to brush your pet's teeth, which dental products to use, and more.
5) Plan a Pet-Friendly Vacation
Planning a pet-friendly vacation can be tough, but it's important for everyone to travel and have some fun once in a while! To help simplify things this year, start by making a list of the top places you'd like to go. Then research each destination beforehand so you'll know which ones are more pet-friendly than others.
Next, book your trip and make sure to pack everything you'll need for your pet including food, water, bedding, toys, and of course a leash and collar. Finally, enjoy your vacation knowing that your furry friend is safe and happy with you! Thinking about booking a pet-friendly winter vacation? Check out our recent post about winter and holiday planning for you and your pet.