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New Tricks for Great Pet Care in 2016

It seems like only yesterday when we were ringing in 2016. Yet here we are, almost through the first month of the year.

For many people, that means their resolutions have already gone by the wayside. And if you’re one of those, I say, “Good for you!” Who needs resolutions anyway? They’re tough to keep and usually not much fun.

Instead, replace those resolutions with the decision to learn some helpful new tricks for even better pet care this year.

Here are five simple tricks to get you started:

Take Control of Four-Legged Financials

Believe it or not, there's a one in three chance your pet will make an unexpected trip to the veterinarian this year, according to Petplan. If, like me, you have more than one pet, those bills can really start to add up! So for 2016, prepare for upcoming routine expenses by adding a pet budget to your monthly home budget. If possible, add in a little extra each month to offset any unexpected veterinary costs. Better yet, look into purchasing pet insurance for additional peace of mind. Check out to learn more about pet insurance and compare the ratings of different companies.

Stay on Schedule

Routine veterinary check-ups and preventative care are essential to your pet’s health. However, our lives are so busy these days that it can be easy to indefinitely postpone making these appointments. Therefore, resolve to schedule Fido or Fluffy’s yearly veterinary wellness visits now. Once they’re on your schedule, you’ll be more likely to keep them.

Carve Out Cuddle Time

Talk about a simple trick…and one you’ll be more than happy to practice! All it requires is that you set aside just 10 minutes a day to bond with your pet. Not only is it fun, it has numerous physical, emotional and mental benefits, including stress reduction, improved heart health and an elevated mood. Who knew that better health was as easy as cuddling with your kitty or petting your pooch?

Give Back to a Furry Cause

After the holidays, the sad fact is that shelters are often overwhelmed with pet surrenders. And of course, the need doesn’t stop once the weather turns warmer. So vow to support an animal shelter or rescue that is important to you by volunteering time, supporting events, making a donation—or by adopting a brand new pet.

Personalize Your Pet’s Care

All of my pets are one-of-a-kind, as are yours. So why shouldn’t their food be one-of-a-kind, too? With Just Right® by Purina®, I can customize my dog Chilly’s blend to meet his needs and his tastes. The process is super simple. I went to, filled out a comprehensive profile on his age, weight, breed, and health, along with his favorite protein. A blend (it’s actually called Chilly’s Blend) was created for him. Not only does he love it, but I know it’s formulated specifically for his needs. As a bonus, the online ordering is a breeze and it’s delivered to my front door at no additional charge.


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Kristen Levine is a pet expert who believes that we need pets just as much as they need us. When she’s not spending time with her dog, Chilly, she’s sharing information that helps pet owners live even better lives with their four-legged friends. For more tips for living happier and healthier with pets, visit Kristen Levine Pet Living.