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New Year's resolutions for pet owners

Virginia Chavez-Nelson is an avid contributor of words for the greater good (see: writer) and a fun-loving Phoenician by way of Argentina. With a degree in Journalism from Arizona State University, Virginia has more than 10 years of expe...

Don't drop the ball on your pets

While you’re busy jotting down your resolutions for the new year, don’t forget the furry friend at your side giving you a paw of encouragement. Whether it’s running your first marathon, eating healthier or taking on a new hobby, your pet could be hoping and wishing to make it on your list of resolutions. Believe it or not, Fido and Fluffy have a few bullet points on their to-do list that might match yours. Let us be the first to tell you exactly what your pet hopes for in 2013.

Woman after run with dog

Commit to an exercise regimen

The holiday pounds come packing every year and if your clothes are feeling the pinch, your pet might be feeling the winter weight, too. If sneakers are involved in your New Year's resolutions, make it a point to squeeze in a daily walk or run with your pup. Walking your dog twice per day is recommended for a happy and healthy pup. Don't stow away those skinny jeans just yet, getting out and about with your pooch can also help trim your waistline, too.

Unplug

If your pet thinks your new iPhone is a fancy chew toy and your shiny laptop has become his favorite lap seat, it's time to get the hint. Make it a point to incorporate some cuddle time for your furry friend, no television, no cellphones, no emails. Just you and your pet. Trust us, a time out from technology will be good for your mental health as well as your pet's well-being.

Pearly whites

Poor dental hygiene can be detrimental to your pet's health. Just like we promise to floss nightly after a trip to the dentist, we should commit to brush our pet's teeth regularly (and actually stick to it). Puppy breath is one thing, but extreme bad breath could mean your pet is suffering from serious oral bacterial issues. Visit your vet and get your pet started on a regular dental regimen.

Weight watchers

Are you saying goodbye to fast food in 2013? Then do the same for Fido. Proper nutrition is a must for the prolonged health of your pet. Yes, higher nutrition means you'll have to shell out a few extra bucks on pet food, but if you're not willing to eat happy meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, neither should your pet.

Mark the territory

Your pet is part of the family. Make it known by enforcing proper tagging. Whether it's micro-chipping, updating your information on the pet registry or getting your pet a sparkly new name tag, resolve to mark your pet and let the world know where he belongs.

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