A recent study by Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer shows that your risk of dying early from almost any cause is reduced 24% by having a dog, or 31% for those who had already had a heart attack or stroke. In a similar study in Sweden, cardiac incident survivors who lived alone with their pet showed the biggest benefit. Clearly, the comfort and companionship pets provide has a huge health impact on people, so what can humans do for them? We’ve created this list of healthy pet habits for the new year. Just by keeping track, you’ll find these habits becoming part of your routine and improving your dog or cat’s life.



YOUR 2020 HEALTHY HABITS

Here’s a list to get you started — not to mention some discounts and recommendations.



1. DAILY WALKS ARE A MUST FOR DOGS
  • Protect their feet in winter weather with a little paw wax
  • Have a groomer slip on Pawz Booties for $5 with a grooming service


2. WEEKLY DENTAL CARE FIGHTS GUM DISEASE

3. GIVE YOUR PET BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE WITH SUPPLEMENTS
  • Supplements ease and prevent many problems
  • Take 20% off in January with online code STRONG20


4. MAKE TIME FOR PLAYTIME

5. BRUSH THEIR FUR BETWEEN GROOMS
  • For cats, frequent brushing reduces hairballs
  • For dogs, brushing reduces shedding and painful matting


6. GIVE YOUR DOG A NICE MESSAGE
  • It eases any aching muscles, especially for older pets
  • Plus, it’s great for bonding


7. BALANCE THEIR DIET BY ROTATING IN NEW FOODS, INCLUDING

8. TRAIN YOUR DOG TO PERFORM BASIC COMMANDS
  • Commands like sit, stay and down make it easier to socialize with other dogs and new people
  • Start with a training collar at home