When transitioning into a new routine, pets can be an effective motivator. Here are some tips from Petplan on how to incorporate your furry family members into your resolutions.
Paws to the pavement: Every time you lace up your sneakers, grab your dog's leash, too. Regular exercise not only keeps your dogs lean and fit, it's also a great way to bond with your pet. Plus, pets who exercise regularly tend to have fewer bouts with anxiety and bad behavior; they expend their energy on something other than home furnishings. If you have a cat, incorporate him or her into your warmup routine: Toss around a toy during your prewalk stretch.
Snack wisely: As pet parents vow to eat healthier in 2014, don't forget about your pet's diet (and waistline), too. Treats should make up less than 5 to 10 percent of your pet's caloric intake, and natural choices are great alternatives to store-bought treats that can be packed with calories.
Teach an old dog or cat a new trick: Introducing a new game or trick to your pet will not only boost brain function and promote healthy activity but it'll be fun for pets and parents alike. Age-old classics like fetch never lose their playful charm, or you could try puzzle toys or hide-and-seek (which is a fun way to teach the "come" command).
Pet protection: One in three pets will need unexpected veterinary care in 2014. A pet health insurance policy gives you the financial freedom to pursue the best medical treatment and peace of mind that you won't break the bank should Fido break any bones.