How Pets Can Help with New Year’s Resolutions

For most of us, especially here at Pets fur keeps, our pets wear many hats:  they are our greatest comfort, patient listeners, our best friends, spirit lifters; just to name a few roles .  Our pets often bring out the best in us, and depending on some of your resolutions, they can be wonderful motivations and inspirations to achieve your goals.   So while your dog or cat probably doesn’t have their own new year’s resolution, that doesn’t mean they can’t help with yours!newyearsdog

Lose Weight & Exercise More:  Year after year, this takes the #1 spot for most popular resolutions, and probably always will, considering 1 in 2.6 adults think they are overweight, and roughly the same percent are obese.  But if you have a dog, you’ve got the best exercise partner ever.   Set a goal of how far you want to walk everyday, and stick to it, but not just for yourself, for your dog: to see your pup’s eyes light up when you say ‘walk’ and grab the leash, to see his little dance as you walk out the door.

For added incentive, download the ResQWalk App (it’s free for both iPhone and Android).  The app tracks the number and distance of all your walks, AND it donates money to the rescue of your choice every time you hit the pavement.  Talk about motivation!

Fall in Love:  Another common resolution it to fall in love or find ‘the one.’   Did you know pets can help with that too?  Yup, and rescue pets have even more sway for attracting that someone special.  Check out these stats from a 2014 survey of Match.com pet owners by Petsmart Charities:

  • 59% of women would be more attracted to someone if they found out they rescued a pet rather than bought one
  • 35% of single women have been more attracted to someone because of their pet
  • 4 out of 5 singles are pet lovers

Plus, there are lots of dating sites just for pet lovers, including DateMyPet , MustLovePets, PetPeopleMeet, PetPassions, & MeetAnimalLovers.

Quit Smoking:  If you can’t quit for yourself, would you do it for Fido or Fluffy?  According to a 2009 survey, 28% of pet owning smokers would consider quitting if they knew the smoke could harm their pets.  I hope you’re one of them!  The ASPCA’s Poison Control Center says “Nicotine from secondhand smoke can have effects to the nervous systems of cats and dogs. Environmental tobacco smoke has been shown to contain numerous cancer-causing compounds, making it hazardous for animals as well as humans.”

Cats who live with a smoker are 2-3 times more likely to develop cancer, including lymphoma, which kills 75% of afflicted cats in under a year.  Cats with smoking families typically have nicotine and other toxins in their urine, and are especially vulnerable to oral cancers because they are constant groomers- consistently consuming the cancer-causing carcinogens from secondhand smoke (Mercola).  For dogs in smoking households, their risk of lung cancer increases by 60%.  Small animals and birds are also at increased risk for lung cancer, heart problems, and pneumonia (Petfinder).

So make this year count- not just for you, but for your pet, too!  Best of luck with all of your resolutions and endeavors for 2015.

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About Marissa Weber

I graduated with a BA in Communications from Monmouth University, and am thrilled to combine my passions with writing. I have been vegan for over a decade and am a board member of a pet rescue/adoption agency, so my day is filled with animal activism from sunrise to sundown! I wouldn't have it any other way. I also enjoy working on my yoga practice, world travel, and getting tattoos.

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