Get your pet's new year off to a healthy start!

January is now in full swing and many of you will be busy working on those all-important resolutions.

Eating healthily, taking more exercise, clearing out the house and making an appointment for a check-up at the doctors may well feature on your list but it might also be a good time to look at how you can improve your pet’s health and well-being. Don’t worry, however, if you think this will create extra work because our handy hints can be incorporated into your own New Year’s resolutions.

If you’ve not done so already, January is a good time to get your pet micro-chipped. From 6 April, it will be compulsory for dogs to be micro-chipped and for you to keep your contact details up-to-date so you should get this simple procedure booked in at the vet as soon as you can. Not only will you be fulfilling your legal obligations, you will also have the peace of mind that if the unthinkable happens, and your dog does go missing, you are more likely to be reunited with them.

While the change in the law applies only to dogs, other pets, including cats, can also be micro-chipped. The advantage of this, as the RSPCA says, is that while collars can fall off, a chip will never be lost and normally contains the most accurate information.

A visit to the vet might also be the perfect time for a general check up. Like humans, dogs and cats can suffer complaints such as high blood pressure or gum disease, as well as serious conditions like cancer or arthritis. If you have any concerns, or notice any changes in your pet’s behaviour, for example drinking more water or lethargy, make that appointment sooner rather than later.

Despite your best intentions to keep your furry friend’s diet on track, they may have had more treats than usual over Christmas. As you embark on your own New Year healthy eating plan, it is also a good idea to think about your pet’s nutritional requirements, which could include adjusting their portion size or moving to a type of food more suited to their age. You will, of course, find plenty of ideas and inspiration in the product section of our website.

Hitting the gym may be at the forefront of your mind – but you don’t need an expensive subscription to get fit. Choosing a regular time for taking your canine companion on a long walk, or run, will have health benefits for you both and incorporating another activity, like throwing a ball, will help work different muscles. For more tips take a look at the blog we published in the summer.

Good luck with your resolutions everyone – and from everyone at HiLife we wish you all a very healthy and happy New Year! 

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