It’s a new year, and an opportunity to introduce new pet wellness goals — from weight loss to alternative exercise activities.
10 things to make your pet’s upcoming year happier and healthier
For all of us pet parents, our pet’s health and happiness is priceless.
Of course a healthy diet, exercise, grooming, and regular vet checkups all contribute to our pets’ overall health. But so do products that engage them, contributing to their physical wellness, and enabling them to experience happiness on their own terms.
To mark another year with our beloved BFFs both big and small, we’ve put together a list of items that will make our furry or feathered friends’ lives happier and healthier in the months to come.
For the dog(s) in your life
You don’t just love your dog because he keeps you company — you also love the things that make them happy. Whether you have a furry friend at home or one that you take to work with you, we have something for everyone on this list:
Because a dog’s dental health is an indicator of their overall health, regular teeth cleaning is an important habit to adopt. Getting your dog to agree to it is just like any other training and obedience practice — it takes patience and positive reinforcement.
The right product can make things easier too. Look for a flavour of toothpaste your pup enjoys and choose a brush that works for them. If your doggo’s mouth has hard-to-reach spots, opt for the angled toothbrush.
Most dogs love to chase or fetch a ball, but even those pups who’d rather remain curled up on the sofa (in your spot, of course) will love a reward ball. It's the perfect product to encourage physical activity and mental engagement. A reward ball can also be filled with kibble in order to slow down a dog that tends to inhale each meal. It may even occupy them long enough for you to reclaim that spot on the couch.
During the winter months when it’s dark outside for longer parts of each day, a rechargeable light-up collar will keep both you and your dog visible to drivers and cyclists. A light-up collar is a simple but effective way to make walks in the dark a safer, more enjoyable experience.
For your favourite feline
For all the cat parents looking to keep their felines both entertained and healthy, this list is for you.
A cat’s gotta climb — and while we love the Instagram photos of felines achieving daring feats of agility as they scale bookshelves, cabinets, and curtains, it’s definitely safer and healthier for them to reach new heights on a product designed for them. Add a built-in scratching post and call it Kittyland.
This product makes it easy to grow grass for your cat indoors so that your cat can improve their digestion and eliminate hairballs in a safe and healthy way. And unlike your houseplants, it’s designed to be impossible for your cat to knock over (because we know they’ll try).
If brushing isn’t something your cat will submit to, there are several products that offer alternate solutions to ensure their teeth and gums stay healthy. These dental health treats contain catnip and are likely to tempt even the pickiest, most discerning feline.
For our smallest animal friends
Our smallest of pets have some of the best options for healthy play:
We love products that make it safe and fun for small animals to get outside of their habitat and explore new spaces in your home. This packable playpen that features a mesh roof can be used indoors and out and folds down to a compact, transportable size making it great for travel.
Small animals love exploring and interacting with their pet parents. Run-about balls make this possible in a safe and secure way. They come in three different sizes to suit a variety of small pets, and are great for exercise and stimulation — while also providing a healthy distraction for your pet while you clean their habitat.
Walks: they’re not just for dogs! If you have a guinea pig, rabbit, or ferret with a curiosity and interest in the great outdoors, then a soft and secure harness is a safe way to take them outside. Look for a harness with a stretchy leash that will be gentler on their small bodies, keeping them tethered to you while preventing injury.
In the summer months birds bathe to cool off from the heat and to keep dirt and parasites from damaging their feathers. Through the winter or in other seasons, birds bathe simply because they enjoy it. It’s the first step in the preening process, during which they distribute oil from their preening gland throughout their feathers as an added layer of protection. They also bathe because they enjoy it. Adding a bath to their habitat will make them healthier and happier.
Learn how to assess and manage if your dog or cat is a healthy weight for their body and breed.
What better time is there than the start of a new calendar year to adopt healthy new habits for you and your pet?