New Year's Resolutions Tips For You & Your Pet From Animal Planet's The Vet Life

As pet families strive for a happier and healthier 2018, valuable lessons can be learned through this entertaining yet inspiring show.
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HOUSTON - Jan. 22, 2018 - PRLog -- The New Year has arrived! With that comes reflection on the past year and the opportunity to make changes for a healthier future for you and your animal companion. There are many ways to kick-off and celebrate 2018 with your pet that will provide benefits for you both simultaneously. Here are a few realistic and attainable resolutions that will start your New Year off on the right paw!

Exercise Daily: January is here to remind us to get up, out and moving; it's National Walk Your Dog Month! Exercise is always more fun with a four-legged friend by your side. In the U.S., more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese. Alarmingly, out of the 68.2 million dogs in U.S., more than half are overweight as well. Regular exercise can help to maintain a healthy weight. In addition to staying fit, walking strengthens your bones, which can help fend off osteoporosis. Plus it exposes you to the sun, which is a good source of vitamin D.

Stay Social: Bring more joy into your pet's life by scheduling play dates or taking trips to the dog park. Interaction with other animals is great for your pet's mental health and can help to improve their social skills. It is also a beneficial way for you to stay involved within your community and build relationships with other animal lovers in the neighborhood.

Try a New Activity: Just as people get bored, our pets can feel the same. Although most animals are creatures of habit, trying a new activity together like swimming or hiking can be an exciting adventure to embark on together. This is a great opportunity to strengthen your bond as well.

Training: January is National Train Your Dog Month! Now is a great time to resolve to incorporate training into your daily routine. Regardless of your pet's age, teaching your pet a new trick is great stimulation for their brain.  Training can help to build confidence, provide them with more structure, and help to improve their overall behavior. That's a win-win for you both!

Adopt a Healthier Diet: Switching up your diet can be challenging, but incorporating your pet into this lifestyle change can be a great motivation! Start by introducing more fresh whole foods into your diet. Share a blueberry, or sweet potato with your pup or some cucumbers, peas or broccoli with your cat. If you don't do so already, make an effort to measure your pet's food in order to avoid overfeeding. Don't share fatty or unhealthy table scraps and stick to a good quality kibble. You can begin experimenting with cooking for your pet so that you can choose the most nutritious and beneficial ingredients.

Volunteer: Giving back can have a profound impact on your happiness and overall wellbeing. Plus, it could be a great way to get your pet out and socialized with others. Some easy ways to give back include: participate in a pet-friendly charity walk, donate to an animal cause close to your heart, foster an animal, donate your pet's blood, become a therapy animal and visit a pet-friendly nursing home or assisted living facility.

Schedule a Check-up: Even if you believe your pet is in good health, scheduling annual vet visits is crucial for optimal health. Keeping up-to-date with recommended vaccinations and screenings is key for disease prevention and early detection. Updating your pet's medical records and having them on hand can save time in the event of an emergency. This will help you to receive the best level of care possible. The same holds true for you! Be sure to schedule your annual physical this New Year!

Pet lovers can continue to celebrate the New Year and the importance of pet health by tuning into the third season of Animal Planet's The Vet Life.  With their Houston area-based veterinary practice flourishing, Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Aubrey Ross and Dr. Michael Lavigne are eager to continue serving their loyal clientele including loving family cats and dogs as well as farm and other animals. This season, as the doctors simultaneously balance their work and personal lives with wives and kids, they must also support one another more than ever before as unexpected events challenge and inspire them.

The season premier aired on Saturday, January 13th, which followed the Cy-Fair Animal Hospital as it reopened after being closed due to Hurricane Harvey. While the vets work around the clock to save animals and aid family and staff that have lost everything, Hurricane Harvey hits close to home for Dr. Blue when it directly affects his family. Other stories this season include Dr. Blue traveling to a Vegan cattle ranch to stop an unexpected cow baby boom, Dr. Ross dealing with a trio of mischievous ferrets with a skin condition, and Dr. Lavigne performing knee surgery on an old English bulldog after the dog's rescue from a puppy mill.

THE VET LIFE is produced for Animal Planet by Glass Entertainment Group with Argle Bargle Films. For Glass Entertainment Group, Nancy Glass is the executive producer. For Argle Bargle Films, Shannon Biggs and Jairus Cobb are executive producers. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer and Sarah Russell is producer.

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