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2021 is officially behind us, and we’re moving forward into 2022. Are you making resolutions for the new year? If so, you may want to include your canine buddy. After all, Fido will be cheering you on and providing you with support (and cuddles) as you work towards your resolutions. Many people set goals that involve diet and fitness. These are great for Man’s Best Friend as well. A Virginia Beach, VA vet offers some suitable resolutions in this article.
When it comes to food, portion sizes can make a huge difference. Even eating ten calories too many a day can cause a gain of a pound a year. A hundred extra calories a day can mean a pound a month. Yikes! Pay attention not just to what you’re putting on yours and your pet’s plate, but to how much.
Exercise regimens are definitely not one-size-fits-all, either for you or for your canine companion. Impact and endurance are two things you’ll need to consider. If you can’t do high-impact, you may be better off with things like weight training, yoga, or barre. As for Fido, check with your vet before starting him on any type of fitness regime.
You’re much more likely to stick with a fitness regime if you actually enjoy what you do. If you don’t care for gyms, do home workouts. Or, you can try hiking, swimming, or other outdoor sports. This applies to Fido, too. Playing Fetch and Tag can be a fun workout for both of you!
Treats are good for both you and your furry best friend. Choosing healthy snacks is a small step that can make a big difference over time. For you, fruits, veggies, and healthy proteins are a good bet. As for Fido, offer him plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat. He can also have certain fruits and veggies, and the occasional piece of bacon. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Staying hydrated is important for both you and your pup! Make sure you and Fido always have fresh, clean water available.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care in the new year. As your Virginia Beach, VA animal clinic, we are here to help!