It’s that time of year when we set personal and professionals goals to make this year the best year yet. Most lists include eating less, exercising more and making more time for the things that make us happy. Pets tend to make us healthier, happier and relieve stress – all great reasons to include them in our self-improvement journey!
Here are a few goals to add to your list to ensure health and happiness for you and your furry friend!

1. Feed healthier.
Obesity among pets is on the rise. Whether or not your pet is overweight, feeding a healthy diet provides many benefits. Raw food diets are growing in popularity among pet parents. Here are a few reasons why and how to get started.

2. Get daily exercise.
Daily walks are great for both you and your dog. Walks are great for your mental and physical health and will help your pet keep from packing on any extra pounds. Dogs love walks and they make dramatic improvements in their moods. Plus, who doesn’t love a walking partner! Aim to get out of the house once a day and burn off some energy and some calories! If your pet is overweight, here are some other great tips to help them shed pounds!

3. Schedule play dates.
We are social beings – and so are our pets! Play dates are fun and help your pet socialize and make new friends – while you catch up with old ones. They are also a great bonding experiences for the two of you.

4. Take toy inventory.
Now is a great time to take a quick inventory of toys. Toss out old ones and reward your loyal pup with a new one. Worn out toys can become hazardous (and just messy) over time.

5. Schedule a check-up.
If your pet hasn’t been to see your favorite veterinarian for a while, the beginning of the year is a great time for an annual exam. Get him or her a physical and make sure they are up-to-date on their shots. Knowing your pet is in good health will provide you with peace of mind throughout the year!

6. Brush those teeth.
Not brushing your dog’s teeth can lead to serious health problems. Start in 2018! Follow these step-by-step instructions to make teeth brushing quick and easy.

7. Plan a spa day.
If your pet hasn’t been to the groomer lately, make him or her an appointment (and then make yourself a spa appointment too!) Or, pick up a new brush for your pet and make plans to groom them at home. Brush their hair regularly throughout the year to ensure good coat health – and that they look their best!

8. Go on an adventure.
Whether its checking out a new dog park, a new hiking trail or planning a cross country trip, going new places is good for you and your pet. Trying new things together will not only create lifelong memories but also strengthen your bond. It’s a new year. Try something new, together!

Our pets deserve only the best. As we start a new year, pick a few goals with your pet in mind. You’ll be surprised at how a little extra time and effort can go a long way in helping your pet look and feel their best. Which of these goals will you be adding to your New Year’s list?