2023 is finally here and along with it comes a wave of hope for a better future. And, like every year, millions of people have already set their New Year’s resolutions, hoping to spark positive change in their lives. Making New Year’s resolutions is a tradition that dates back over 4,000 years ago when Babylonians used to make promises and sacrifices to their gods in hopes that they’d earn good favor. However, despite their religious roots, New Year’s resolutions are mostly a secular practice these days.
There’s usually no guarantee that your life will somehow be better if you set New Year’s resolutions but the new year offers a golden opportunity for people to make a fresh start and get things right. And yet, it’s always hard to stick or achieve New Year’s resolutions because they are more like dreams than goals.
With economic uncertainties, geopolitical turmoils and inflation surges, 2022 was a very unpredictable and challenging year and I’m sure your pet suffered as much as you did. So, instead of setting pie-in-the-sky promises, I strongly suggest you to stick to small and simple resolutions that can benefit you and your pet.
Focus On Grooming
Grooming pets is an important part of pet care. In general, most animals can be taught to enjoy grooming at any age. And, regular pet grooming can help you in building and maintain healthy relationships with your pets, as well as practice gentle leadership skills.
Another benefit of grooming is that you may start noticing physical changes that require medical attention –changes that might not have been obvious if you hadn’t been grooming your pet. For instance, if you find any bumps, lumps or soreness, you need to schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
Some pet owners like to hire professional groomers for their pets, but if you want to take things in hand, here are some tips:
- Clean your pet by washing, shampooing and conditioning it.
- Shaving, trimming or styling your pet’s hair should be done with care.
- Maintain your pet’s overall hygiene by brushing its teeth, cleaning its ears and clipping its nails.
Remember that while grooming your pet, you need to be very kind and gentle. The aim is to teach your pet to enjoy being groomed and to groom him on a regular basis, not just when it is matted or really dirty.
Travel With Your Pet
When making travel decisions, you need to choose the safest and most comfortable option for your pet. For example, if you are going on a business trip and know you won’t be able to spend a lot of time with your pet, I think he’ll probably be happier at home than tagging along on your trip.
Traveling is now no longer limited to your family’s two-legged members only; it also allows those adorable four-legged friends. Most airlines, for example, allow pet travel as long as you and your pet satisfy specific standards. In addition, pet-friendly hotels with a variety of pet facilities can be found all over the globe, ensuring that you and your pet enjoy the most excellent trip.
So, if you are planning to travel with your pets, here are some tips you need to follow:
- The trip must be planned in advance for at least three to four months.
- If you wish to have a safe and comfortable trip with your pet, you may hire professional and premium pet consultation services.
- If you are going on a long trip by car, I suggest putting your pet in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seatbelt or another secure means.
- If it’s a road trip, it’ll be better if you give your pet plenty of rest stops.
- If possible, bring another person with you as pet caretaking duties should be shared with another person.
- No matter what, don’t ever leave your pet alone.
P.S. As a rule, keep in mind that cats are almost always better off in their own home.