Our pets make us feel special every day with their playful natures, unconditional love and unwavering loyalty, so it only makes sense to show them a little gratitude every now and then.
Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Pet Week promotes responsible pet ownership, celebrates the human-animal bond and raises awareness of veterinary medicine. So in honor of National Pet Week, treat your furry friends to a day of love and pampering and show them how much you care. Here’s how.
No, we’re not talking about Pup-Peroni or Beggin’ Strips. It’s now easier than ever to make your pets healthy, delicious homemade treats without spending a lot of money on fancy ingredients. For dogs, plain cooked, boneless chicken breast, prepared without seasoning or oil, is a simple and healthy snack, while ice cubes made from chicken or beef broth is a refreshing treat on a hot day. For cats, make catnip biscuits by combining flour, catnip and a few other ingredients. Or, drain the liquid from a can of tuna into a bowl for a simple pick-me-up.
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Take an inventory of your pet’s toys. If you see a lot of beat up, worn-out toys, it may be time to upgrade. While Fido may adore his 5-year-old squeaky porcupine, chances are he’ll also love accompanying you to your local pet store and picking out a few new ones. And if your cat has managed to knock every catnip mouse into the unreachable nooks and crannies of your apartment, he or she would probably appreciate a restock.
It’s no secret that your pets need to be cleaned regularly, especially if they play a lot outdoors, but why not make bath time for your pup more like a day at the spa? Help your dog massage and relax before a bath by giving him a massage. If your pup has longer hair, spray a detangling product and let it sit before brushing. After washing, dry your dog with a soft, fluffy towel. If your dog really just doesn’t enjoy bathing or you don’t have the space for it, take him or her to a pet salon for a bath and brushing as well as other perks like treats and social interaction.
Just as a human’s mood and happiness can benefit from regular social interaction, your pets can, too. So make sure your dog spends an adequate amount of time at the dog park or other pet-friendly areas to play and meet new friends. If your cat or dog is friendly and gets along with other animals, schedule play dates with a friend or neighbor who also has a four-legged friend.
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