PET TAILS: Set resolutions for you, your pets

New Year’s resolutions: We love them and we hate them.

Yes, resolutions always seem to focus on the things we’d like to change in our lives, but they’re also a great time to reset our thinking and start fresh on a goal.

A lot of people make resolutions for themselves, but here are some resolutions you can make for your pets that will give you all a fresh start for the year.

Play more

We all could use a little more fun in our lives.

Just like humans, our pets are beginning to suffer from an obesity epidemic. Luckily, studies show that the more fun you have while you exercise, the more likely you are to stick with it.

So play with your pets. Get the whole family involved. Walk, hike, chase balls, run up and down the stairs. Play hide and seek.

Even laughter burns off calories.

Play time with your pets is also great for bonding, and for working off excess energy.

Even some behavior issues, which can be the result of not getting enough attention, can be resolved more easily if your pets are just getting more play time.

Pay attention

Prevention really is the best medicine. One step is to make sure that your pets are up-to-date on their vaccines. If you don’t have a regular vet, come to our rabies clinic in the spring.

All dogs should be getting regular heartworm preventative and animals that go outside need to have flea/tick prevention.

Also, having your pets fixed is not only important for reducing unwanted pets, but also a benefit to their health.

Stay safe

So many lost pets wind up at the shelter every year without any identification to trace their home.

Make sure your pets are all microchipped and that the chip information is kept up-to-date.

Having a collar and tag for your pet makes it easier for other people to return him to you rather than bringing him to the shelter.

If your pet is lost, call or visit the shelter right away to fill out a report.

From everyone at the Brown County Humane Society, we wish you and your pets a happy and joyous new year!

Featured pet

Malcolm
Malcolm

Looking for someone to adore you? Malcolm’s your guy! He never gets tired of just being close. Playing is fun, but what Malcolm loves most of all is sitting as close to you as possible while you rub his head and back. All that quiet cuddling is great people therapy after a long stressful day! He also has an awesome tail wag which ends up with his entire body in a major wiggle. Come meet Malcolm and let him show you how to unwind!