01/18/2013 11:12 am ET

Healthy Pet Tips: How To Keep Your Dog Or Cat Happy And Fit

From Mother Nature Network's Morieka Johnson:

This is the time of year when we focus on shedding bad habits and starting anew. It’s also the time when plenty of newly adopted pets are settling into their new homes. Recently I asked experts to reveal the things new pet owners really need. After years interviewing professional dog walkers, trainers, specialists and veterinarians, I’ve also learned a few strategies to keep those new additions happy and healthy for years to come.

List and captions courtesy of the Mother Nature Network

7 Strategies For Healthy Pets