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Keeping new year's resolutions for pet health

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With the start of 2013, we have the opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate. Whether you plan to quietly reflect this New Year, or start out with a bang, don't forget to include your pet.

The most important resolution you can make and keep this year is to visit your veterinarian. For the health and safety of your pet, be sure they are up to date on all vaccinations, have had an annual general health exam, are current on heartworm preventative, and protected against fleas.

Take a look at the tags on your dog or cat's collar. Is the information still accurate? Is it still visible? Check with your microchip company to verify the information in their database is still up-to-date. And if your pet doesn't have a microchip, get one! The Houston Humane Society's Animal Wellness Center is open 7 days a week and offers microchips for just $25.

Get your pet in shape this year! The biggest resolution humans make each year is to get in shape, be healthier, lose weight, etc. Be sure to include your pet in your efforts this year. Both a poor diet and lack of exercise can contribute to obesity in pets.

Spend more quality time with your pet this year. Get in the habit of playing an extra game of fetch with your dog or whipping out a teaser toy to entertain your frisky feline. Don't skimp on the extra brushings this year. Dogs and cats alike enjoy it, and getting out that loose hair and fur relieves unwanted itching. The added attention will definitely make their day, and might just make yours too!

Adopt a friend for your pet. Animals can be very social; especially dogs. Consider adopting a furry friend for your four legged pet this year. Your dog or cat probably spends several hours a day alone while you are at work, and another pet in the household would be a welcome addition to their lonely days.

Give back! Many of us are unable to adopt another pet, but you could find time to volunteer to help homeless animals find their forever home! Houston Humane Society always needs dog and cat lovers alike to help exercise, socialize, train, and love the many pets up for adoption. Bonus: if your resolution this year is to exercise more, what better way to burn calories than by walking a shelter dog!

You can find out more information about animal wellness services, pet adoptions and volunteering by visiting http://www.houstonhumane.org/.

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