January is here, and with it a brand new year. As we move into February, there is the urge to finally get around to those New Year’s resolutions you’ve been putting off. But, isn’t it true that it’s always easier to meet your goals when you have a friend working on them alongside you?

This year, how about making New Year’s resolutions for pets? Since overweight and obese pets are so common, we thought some resolutions focused on maintaining a good weight might resonate. You may find their resolutions are not so different from your own and might be easier to keep than you think.

The Pet Experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital have some tips for maintaining a healthy weight for your pet.

Feed the Highest Quality Diet You Can

It seems that we all want to eat better. You know that eating well helps you feel well, and it’s no different for our pets. A balanced, high quality diet can not only keep them healthy and happy, it can also improve their longevity. Talk to us about what to feed your pet and we’ll help you navigate the confusing waters of pet food.

Measure Meals

This is the bonus round after feeding a great diet, and it’s not hard to do! Measuring your pet’s food is important because it is so easy to unintentionally overfeed them, resulting in weight gain.

A 2016 study reported that the number of overweight pets has been steadily growing over the past decade, to the point where one in three pets is overweight. Measuring their food is a way to be sure that your pet won’t experience the health issues and related problems that come with being overweight or obese.

Get Moving!

You knew this one was coming next, didn’t you? Exercise with a buddy is so much more fun. Why not make your workout buddy your pet? Dogs can hike or run with you, or try this indoor workout together. Cats love to play laser pointer tag, and you could even teach your cat to play fetch or walk on a leash.

Check Their Weight

Keeping a healthy weight is a team sport. To help keep your pet’s weight on track, we welcome you to come in and weigh your pet periodically. Give us a call to set up a free weight check for your pet when it’s convenient for you.

Treat Them Well

Treats can really pack on the calories and many contain nothing but sugar and fat, which can destroy your pet’s health. Use single-ingredient goodies, like sweet potato or blueberry bites. If you do treat, make sure you take into account the extra calories you’re giving and adjust their regular meals accordingly.

New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

So, there you have them! Five New Year’s resolutions for pets to slim your pet’s waistline and improve their health. We hope you incorporate at least one of these into your pet’s resolutions. Give us a call if you have any questions about your pet’s weight and health. We’re here to help!