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Did you resolve to get your pet healthy too?

Most people’s New Year's resolutions usually include promises to get healthy. But do they do the same with their pets? Furry friends sometimes put on a few pounds during the holidays, too.

Most people’s New Year's resolutions usually include promises to get healthy.

But do they do the same with their pets? Furry friends sometimes put on a few pounds during the holidays, too.

"A lot of it is, unfortunately, the owners thinking that they're giving and showing love to their pet by offering too many treats and table food, maybe overfeeding, allowing the animal to overeat,” said Kara Cavanaugh, Jefferson County Animal Shelter.

Whether you got a pet for a present, are thinking about adopting from the animal shelter, or already have some furry friends at home, there are some ways you can keep your dogs and felines feeling fine.

"You definitely want to watch your smaller breeds,” Cavanaugh said. “A pound on a small dog versus a pound on a larger dog is a big difference. That can lead to more knee, hip and back issues."

Experts suggest getting quality food free of corn and fillers, and keeping high protein diets for both cats and dogs if the animals can handle it. As for exercise, it should happen every day. Getting porky pooches to move is natural.

"Walking, running, even just letting them play in the yard, throwing the ball," Cavanaugh said.

Fat cats might require some creativity.

"Laser pointers, bubbles, anything you can roll across the floor and get them to chase," Cavanaugh said.

If a strict exercise and diet regimen isn’t decreasing your pet's weight, it could be a chemical or thyroid issue.

"Then I would definitely recommend getting your pet to a veterinarian, get some blood work check. Make sure everything is working the way it should be."

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