PetSmart Provides New Year’s Resolutions for Your Pet

With Renewed Focus on Healthy Lifestyles Front and Center, PetSmart
Wants to Ensure Pets are Not Forgotten

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As holiday focus shifts to New Year’s resolutions, health and wellness
are top-of-mind, but this year PetSmart is extending the trend to
involve our pets, too. PetSmart veterinarian and pet care expert Dr.
Kemba Marshall provides some helpful tips to ensure our pets also
achieve a healthier lifestyle in the New Year.

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First things first, exercise is critical. Pets, like humans, need
physical activity in order to be healthy. The good news is giving your
pet adequate daily exercise is easy. For some dog breeds, 30-minute
walks are enough. For others, a walk to the mailbox or a quick game of
fetch does the trick. Balls are great for fetch, but have you ever tried
another type of fetch toy, like the glow-in-the-dark Chuckit!®
Flying Disc Dog Toy
? No matter what, your pet will love spending
time with you and being active.

Maintaining a healthy pet lifestyle goes beyond just physical exercise –
mental stimulation is just as important. Treat-dispensing toys keep a
pet’s mind active and can be introduced before a meal so your pet will
be hungry to learn. Want to keep your pet stimulated even while you’re
away from home?

Marshall offers this helpful tip, “Try ‘active feeding’ by hiding
several of the classic Kong
toys around the house stuffed with the morning kibble, dispersed across
the toys. Once your pet discovers the first toy and gets to the food
inside, they’re compelled to go searching for others and this makes them
actively work for what’s inside.”

Have you been feeding your pet the same food for years? It may be time
for you and your veterinarian to assess his or her food and optimize the
diet if needed. Only
Natural Pet
, recently launched at PetSmart, is a paleo-inspired food
brand for pets. It blends proteins with all-natural ingredients and
minimal processing, resulting in dehydrated, freeze-dried and air-dried
raw products. This natural brand eliminates all artificial ingredients
such as flavorings or preservatives.

Improving your pet’s health often means eliminating the bad habits
already in place. This may come as a surprise to many, but discovering
an unhealthy routine in your pet’s day-to-day life is as simple as
paying closer attention to his or her behavior. While many humans
monitor daily behavior with technical gadgets and apps, there might be
an easier, less expensive way. Is your pup demonstrating pent-up energy?
More exercise might be necessary. Are they devouring their food too
quickly? Maybe an active feeding approach is the right solution. Most
often, correcting the behavior is as easy as discovering it in the first
place.

Bear in mind, change can be tough on pets, especially when it disrupts
diet or day-to-day routines. The important thing to remember is that
positive results rarely come without work. These tips are a wonderful
way to kick-start a healthier lifestyle for your pet in the New Year.

Visit http://petsmartsocial.com/ResourceCenter
for additional tips on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart,
Inc.
is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions
for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we
believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection,
PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their
pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This mission impacts
everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates,
and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000
associates, operate approximately 1,444 pet stores in the United States,
Canada and Puerto Rico and approximately 202 in-store PetSmart®
PetsHotel®
dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a
broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers
dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart
Doggie Day Camp
day care services and pet adoption services
in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com,
PetFoodDirect.com,
Pet360.com,
OnlyNaturalPet.com
and petMD.com
– offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care
information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership
with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart
Charities™
and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save
the lives of more than 450,000 homeless pets each year. In addition,
PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to
call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart
Gives Back
™. By giving back to the communities where we live and
work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich
people’s lives—we live it.

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Danielle Bickelmann, 972-341-2503
dbickelmann@golin.com
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