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Wondering how to keep your pet healthy in the new year? The beginning of a new year often compels people to assess their health and make important changes to improve it, and you should do the same for your furry friend.

Here are some tips on how to improve your pet’s health in 2022 and beyond.

Stay active

Not only is exercise healthy for humans and pets alike, but it also keeps your pets happy. Many problem behaviors in dogs and cats come from boredom. There are plenty of ways to keep your dog active, from going for a walk together to playing fetch indoors or out. Give your cat some exercise by investing in toys that encourage chasing and pouncing. You could also purchase a cat tower to help your kitty maintain strength and agility.

Follow a healthier diet

There are plenty of options when it comes to what to feed your dog or cat. Instead of grabbing the standard bag of pet food, do a little research to determine what food would work best for your pet’s dietary needs. Pay attention to how many proteins, fats, carbohydrates and calories your pet needs, and factor in age and disease conditions. It’s best to talk to your veterinarian before making any dietary changes for your furry friend—they’ll give you a good recommendation that you can trust.

Reconsider portion sizes

After you’ve determined the proper diet for your pet, one of the most important ways to keep your pet healthy in the new year is by allocating appropriate portion sizes every day. Overfeeding leads to obesity, one of the leading diseases in dogs and cats. Overweight pets have increased risk for heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other serious conditions. It’s often easiest to use a measuring cup, so you’ll know you’re giving your pet the appropriate amount of food each time.

Prioritize fun and play

Pets hate to be bored just as much as humans do. Keep a variety of toys and brain games around the house for your dog or cat; play and movement is just as important as mental stimulation. Also, consider hiding treats or kibble around the house for your pet to seek out and discover. You could also purchase a puzzle feeder to make feeding time a little more stimulating and challenging.

Stay on top of toothbrushing

Dental hygiene is important for dogs and cats, but most pet owners don’t put in the effort to regularly brush their pet’s teeth. Use a pet-friendly, enzymatic toothpaste to brush your dog or cat’s teeth on a regular basis. For pets who can’t tolerate a toothbrush in their mouth, ask your veterinarian for an approved water additive or dental chew.

If you’re looking for ways to improve your pet’s health in 2022, reach out or pay a visit to Sunnyside Pet Hospital today. We’re a compassionate, family-owned veterinary service, offering a personalized approach to every pet patient, partnering with you to support your best friend’s wellbeing.