When the New Year approaches, you have the chance to make a New Year’s resolution to make positive changes in your life. Hopefully you make one that will stick and influence good life changes. You may want to be fit, lose weight, make more money, change or improve your job status, relocate, travel more and so forth. Do you also make a resolution in favor of the most unconditional loving member of the family, your pets? How about taking your dog or kitty on a shopping spree at your local Rockford-area Petsmart or Petco as listed below or one closest to your home for some favorite toys, a comfy new bed or some nutritious, yummy treats?
What resolutions could you and would you make for a better life and relationship with your dog or your cat.
- Spend more quality time with your pet. Many people have pets that are just taken for granted. The pets may be a part of your life, being fed, let out and more or less just a fixture within the home or yard. I feel that a pet should be a true member of the family. That pet carries with it an unconditional love for their pet-parents. Shouldn’t they get the kind of love, attention and closeness that they so willingly provide to you? Provide more time cuddling and coddling your pet, letting that pet know how much you love and appreciate it.
- Socialize your pet more so that visitors are more comfortable coming into the home. All pets should be trained and socialized often around other dogs, cats and humans so your pet is not fearful of them when in that type of situation. A pet that is not socialized or trained as a young animal will grow up in fear and may show aggression out of that fear.
- Go for more walks with your dog. This may not be an option if you have a cat but committing to walk your dog more often will not only benefit your pet but be good for you for better fitness as well as a good bonding experience with your pet.
- Keep up more with veterinary visits to guarantee good health for your pet. It is imperative to get your pet examined on a yearly basis along with the yearly required immunizations. Work with your doctor to know what meds your dog or cat may need on a yearly basis in order to ward off diseases, illness and parasites that are so common in the life of pets and their environment.
- Choose a better choice of diet, one that provides your pet with the best nutrition. You may select a food that is lower in cost but higher in fillers with no nutritional values. In the long run, that food may provide fullness for your pet without any health benefits. A good nutritional food may costs more but in the long run, if you figure out the costs per meal, is not such a price to pay to guarantee a longer, healthier life for your loving family pet.
- Play with your dog or cat more often. Playing with your pet is a bonding time for both of you. This is another way to spend more time with your pet in a positive manner. Playtime also provides much needed exercise for the pet, whether it is a game of fetch, tug of war and more.
- Provide more luxuries for that pet with unconditional love for you. Doesn’t your pet deserve a nice comfy bed, new toys, new bones, rawhides and treats? I know most people will spare no expense for the love of their pets and if there was a creature on this earth that deserves and appreciates it more, it is your pet.
- Travel with your pets more and don’t leave them with strangers or in shelters that can provide other problems. It is understandable that some animals do not like the car but most just love the continual bonding experience with you. In my view, having your pet with you helps to relieve the stress of not knowing the type of care your pet may be getting away from you.
Pets have a way to fill a void in your life with their unconditional love and devotion to their pet parents. It should only be a natural instinct to want to better your life and your pet’s life through a new year of resolutions and positive changes in your life for the betterment of you and your close canine or feline family member.
For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO – 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 – Petco or your local PETSMART – 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 – Petsmart -PETLAND, (815) 332-4200 – Petland
For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations – 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 – 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 – 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 – 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 – CVS Pharmacy
If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.
If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at – Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists
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