New Year's Resolutions aren't just for humans!

Check out the resolutions below and commit to help your furry family member live a happier and healthier life.

Get fit together

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to take on those fitness goals alone, bring your pet along to keep them happy and healthy as well. Exercise is even proven to help behavior issues that could be a result of an under-stimulated or bored pet. For indoor cats you can use safe and engaging toys to encourage exercise while they play.

Learn something new

Even old dogs can learn new tricks. Keep that mind working and strengthen your bond with your pet by teaching them a new trick or two. You can also help enrich their day-to-day and incorporate mental exercise by introducing new puzzle toys designed for all kinds of pets, safely exploring new places, and just having fun together!

Visit your Vet

Schedule your annual vet visit to help keep your pet healthy for many years to come. Regular visits help monitor and manage changes in your pet’s health that you may not notice on your own. Your vet will make sure they are up to date on vaccinations and can give you tips on diet, exercise, training, and answer any questions you have about your pet’s wellbeing. Families experiencing hardships can visit the OCAC website for a list of low-cost veterinary services in the community.

Update those tags

Make sure your pet can get back to you no matter what happens this year. It is critical to update your pet’s tags and make sure they are comfortably and securely fastened on your pet’s collar. Microchip registrations should also be checked to ensure that all the address and contact information are up to date. Don’t let a wrong number stand in the way of reuniting with your furry BFF.

Be prepared for anything

Don’t let this year catch you by surprise and take disaster preparedness seriously. Whether it’s a designated caretaker in case you are out sick or a plan for where to go in case of an evacuation, your plans and supplies should be ready to go. Check out the OCAC website for checklists and tips on how to make sure you and your pet are ready no matter what strikes.

Don't forget the snuggles

2020 was stressful to say the least. Spending quality time with your pet is proven to relieve stress for you and provides enrichment for your pet. Schedule some time with your favorite four-legged friend for a win-win for everyone.