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’13 resolutions for pet owners

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

The following suggestions for pet care in the new year are provided by the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

Exercise time!

Before you rush to join a gym, consider ways to incorporate your pet into your new workout routine. Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day—jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great options. Engage your cat with rousing play sessions of chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.

Battle the bulge

Humans aren’t the only ones who might need to cut back on excess food after the holidays. This year, vow to lay off those table scraps and consider switching your cat or dog to a well-balanced, high-quality pet food.

Schedule a check-up

Give your veterinarian the chance to notice any developing illnesses by scheduling regular check-ups for your pet. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make an appointment today!

IDs, please!

Get an updated look by outfitting all of your animal companions—even indoor pets—with an ID tag. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.

Want to make a resolution

to help homeless animals

in 2013?

Join your local Humane Society, volunteer at your local Shelter, adopt another animal, spread the word about the wonderful selection of pets to friends and family, donate money or ask for the Wish List and donate some of those items, (ex. towels, blankets, flat sheets, laundry powder…). organize an event and donate the proceeds to the Shelter, participate in some of the fund-raising events.