New Year’s is infamous for sparking people to set new goals and resolutions toward a better and brighter new you. But what about our pets? Don’t they deserve to be considered in our plans as well? Here are 10 New Year’s resolution ideas for your pets to kick off 2023 with a bang!
- Spay or neuter your pet if they are not already. Pets can procreate as early as four months old. Spaying/neutering your pet can help reduce the number of unwanted pets in shelters and has many health benefits for your pet. Kick off 2023 by calling your veterinarian to set up a surgery appointment.
- Improve dental hygiene: Poor dental hygiene can lead to a variety of health issues for pets, including gum disease and tooth loss. Make a resolution to brush your pet’s teeth regularly and have them professionally cleaned at least once a year.
- Get more exercise: Regular activity is important for the physical and mental well-being of us and our pets. Make a resolution to take your dog on daily walks or to play with your cat using interactive toys. Be sure to check out and sign up for the Forsyth Humane Society’s Mutt Strut, which is a fun way to work out with your dog while raising money for a good cause. And for cats, try introducing an exercise wheel.
- Train or learn new tricks: Training and learning tricks can be a fun way to keep your pet mentally stimulated and can strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Enroll in a training class or work working with a professional trainer to teach your pet new tricks. There are even free YouTube videos that can offer training tutorials.
- Volunteer in a local community: Many pet owners are passionate about giving back to their area, and there are plenty of ways to do so with your pet by your side. Volunteer at a local animal shelter by signing up for a therapy animal program to visit hospitals or nursing homes together. Find out how you can get involved with the Forsyth Humane Society.
- Get organized: Keeping your pet’s supplies organized can help make your life easier and can also help to prevent accidents. Make a resolution to declutter and organize your pet’s toys, food, and other supplies.
- Improve your pet’s diet: A healthy diet is important for the overall well-being of your pet for the long haul. Consider switching to a high-quality brand of pet food or adding supplements or fresh food to your pet’s diet.
- Make a plan for emergencies: Accidents and emergencies can happen at any time, and it’s important to be prepared. Make a resolution to create a pet first aid kit and develop a plan for how you will care for your pet in the event of an emergency, including pet insurance as a possible tool to minimize unexpected costly vet bills.
- Update your pet’s records: Make sure your pet’s records, including vaccinations and medical history, are up to date. This will help ensure that your pet receives the best possible care and make it easier to track their progress over time.
- Adopt a new pet: If you have the resources and time to care for another pet, you might consider adding a new furry friend to your family. Not only will you give a deserving animal a loving home, but you’ll also provide your current pet with a new companion.
Author Bio: Sadie helps with brand management, graphic design, social media strategy, and marketing initiatives at LoveYourDog.com and LoveYourCat.com. She has more than a decade of experience in digital and traditional media for a wide range of companies and industries. Originally from Kansas City, Sadie is a proud graduate of the University of Texas and currently resides in Washington DC, with her husband. She is a vegetarian (who eats bacon) and loves listening to public radio, practicing yoga, and traveling the world.