Happy New Year! Are you making resolutions for 2017? If so, that’s great! Your dog may not know about your new goals, but he will stay loyally at your side through the coming months, cheering you on with tail wags and doggy kisses. Why not include him in your resolutions? Read on as a Bucks County, PA vet lists some great resolutions for dog owners.

Prevent Doggy Boredom

Our canine buddies are very smart and playful. Fido can get bored or restless with nothing to do, and may channel his energy into destructive habits like chewing or digging. Offer your canine buddy plenty of safe, suitable toys to play with, and take time to play with him daily. It’s also important to make sure your pet is getting enough exercise. Even if your furry pal has a yard, he’ll still benefit from the exercise, change of scenery, and mental stimulation he’ll get from daily walks.

Offer Good Food

Proper nutrition is very important to Fido’s health and well-being! Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations, including serving sizes and snack suggestions.

Keep Fido Comfy

Sometimes small things can make a big difference! Make sure your pooch is comfortable and content. Start by offering him a nice, cozy bed to sleep in. Keeping Fido well-groomed, and trimming his claws regularly, will also help keep him comfy. Also, make sure Fido doesn’t get too hot or too cold: extreme weather is just as hard on pets as it is on people! Last but not least, keep up with your dog’s parasite control products, so he isn’t bothered by fleas or ticks.

Visit The Vet

Making sure Fido sees the vet regularly is very important! In between visits, watch for signs of illness, such as a lack of appetite, behavioral changes, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you notice anything unusual, contact your vet immediately. The sooner a medical issue is diagnosed and treated, the better.

Enjoy Some Quality Time

Fido needs to feel loved to truly be happy. Spend time with your pooch, and indulge his adorable requests for belly rubs or play sessions. Man’s Best Friend has an amazing capacity for unconditional love. This is truly a precious gift, and one worth celebrating!

Please contact us, your Bucks County, PA pet clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs in 2017 and beyond. We’re here to help!