New Year's resolutions for pets

With the start of the new year, pet owners should keep some New Year’s resolutions in mind for their pets as well as themselves.

Doctors from BluePearl Veterinary Partners are offering some suggestions for what they call “pet parents” as 2014 begins.

“While providing remarkable care for pets is what we do best, preventing injuries or disease is by far the most remarkable care, and that’s something any pet parent can provide,” said Dr. Jennifer Welser, chief medical officer of BluePearl.

Here are the suggested resolutions:

Stop smoking

Consider quitting smoking for yourself and your pet. Second-hand smoke isn’t only harmful to people, it’s also harmful to pets. Knock the habit to help keep yourself and your furry friend alive longer.


Exercise with your pet. Exercising for both people and pets is a great way to stay in shape. The life expectancy of a pet can be significantly increased if they live a healthy and active life.

Visit the vet

Make sure you maintain regular visits with your family veterinarian. Pets age much faster than people, so a pet should be taken to a veterinarian twice a year.

Pet insurance

Consider obtaining a pet insurance policy to assist with funding in the event of a veterinary emergency. Companies like Trupanion offer pet health insurance.

This can mean the difference between being able to save your furry friend or having to make the difficult decision to put him or her to sleep.

Emergency fund

Start an emergency fund. Setting aside $20 to $40 per paycheck can be a perfect way to save for emergency care.

About BluePearl Vet Partners

The Florida-based BluePearl Veterinary Partners was formed in 2008 and employs more than 1,200 people, including about 250 veterinarians.

BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services.