When you make your New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget about your pets! Resolutions are a great way to stay connected to your pet and make sure that they are receiving the care they need. Here are few resolutions to consider for your furry friends:

Meal-time: Measure your pet’s food every time! By taking the time to give them the exact amount of food appropriate for their size you will help them to stay trim and healthy. Companion pets can often find themselves with a few more pounds than they need which can be hard on their joints and could lead to other health problems. Don’t know how much to feed them? All pet foods have guides on the packages to help you determine the correct amount!

More playtime: Just like humans – animals benefit from being more active. If you are making a New Year’s resolution to get moving more include your pet. Take your dog on more walks, play with your cat indoors or let your small animal roam around outside of their cage more. Keeping your pet’s mind stimulated helps their cognitive health!

Visit the vet: Visiting your veterinarian at least once a year for an annual check-up and vaccines is crucial to keep your pet healthy. Animals can’t tell us when something is wrong, so visiting your vet is a vital part of being a responsible pet owner.

Update information: Take the time at the beginning of the year to make sure your pet’s registration is up to date if you live within city limits. You can visit fwacc.org to register your pet online or stop by the shelter during normal business hours. If your pet is microchipped, check to make sure all the information on file is current in case your pet were to go missing.

Give back: Consider volunteering or fostering at FWACC this year. We are always in need of people passionate about helping animals and getting involved is an excellent way to make a difference in an animal’s life. There are many opportunities available at the shelter. We are always in need of donations as well. Check out website to see what we are in need of the most. 

Most importantly – shower your pets with love every day! Pets are truly a part of the family and crave attention from us. Taking step to ensure they are healthy and happy will strengthen your bond. If you are considering adding a new pet to your family remember - adoption is always the best option.