New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Parents

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Promising to do something differently as you leave an old year behind is a tradition we commonly call, a New Year’s Resolution!

The goal is generally to improve one’s life or change an undesired behavior. Exercising more and eating healthy top the list, followed by saving money, quitting smoking or acquiring a new skill or positive habit.

As a pet parent, however, the goals we set greatly impact our fur kids who depend completely upon our success. The key to success is discipline -- sticking to a routine, being obedient and minding our manners, the very traits we instill in our pets! To best help them, it is important that we set achievable goals and practice persistence so that our dogs and cats can spend a longer, healthier lifetime by our sides.

We hope each of you will not only take this pledge but work hard at keeping it ever-present. One lapse does not ruin all the good you can do. We are only human and life happens, so if you misstep, apologize to your furry best friend, then get right back to it!

This Year I Promise To:

✔ Walk my dog and exercise him or her daily.

✔ Provide my dog or cat with a comfortable place to sleep in a warm, draft-free area.

✔ I will feed my pets the best diet my budget will allow, keep him or her well-groomed and provide them plenty of freshwater to drink. Although it may be hard, I will cut out table scraps (except for carrots, bananas, string beans, and other pet-friendly human foods) making sure I don’t confuse treating my pet with loving him.

✔ Get to know my pet from snout-to-tail by checking him weekly and paying attention to habits, so that I may discover a small problem early and get it looked at.

✔ Schedule a visit with our veterinarian at least once yearly and a wellness exam as he gets into his senior years. I will also check into pet insurance so that I will be able to provide all needed care.

✔ Brush my pet's teeth (or at least wipe the teeth and gums) at least every other day to prevent bacteria from traveling through my pet's bloodstream.

✔ Make sure my dog or cat has an up-to-date and registered microchip and other ID on him at all times and keep him safely in a fenced yard (with supervision) and walk him on a leash.

✔ Enroll my dog in an obedience class (or give him a refresher on my own) so that he will be a welcomed friend wherever we go together. I will also teach my cat to “stay” and “leave it” to keep her safe.

✔ Make my schedule work for the sake of my pet, even if I have to forego a fun time out. Regardless of how much time I must be away from home, I will make sure my pet is attended to and remains in a safe and temperate environment with a responsible human checking on him when I cannot.

✔ Learn Pet First-Aid & CPR because, in spite of my diligent attention, life happens, and I must be prepared to help my pet in the event of any emergency or sudden illness. I will keep a well-stocked Pet First-Aid Kit handy as well as a Disaster Preparedness Kit for my pet.

✔ To give my pet at least as much unconditional love as he or she gives me, and I promise to spend quality time together daily as that is the greatest joy of being a pet parent!

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.

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