5 Ways To Show Your Pet You Love Them

Who loves you more than your pet? This Love Your Pet Day, show your pets the same love they show you every single day.


But how do you show your furry friends that you appreciate them? You already know chocolate is a no-go, your pets can’t read e-cards, and they wouldn't want a bouquet of flowers.


Here’s the good news - there are several ways to show your pets how much you love them they will appreciate. We'll highlight five ways to show your pet how much you love them, not just on Love Your Pet Day but every day.

1. Give them healthy food (but not too much food)

Just like humans, pets do well when they have a healthy diet. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on what we should feed our pets. Our 'What to Feed Your Dog' blog has some helpful guidelines about what to feed your pup (and what not to feed them). The American College of Veterinary Nutrition is also a great resource. Always check with your vet before changing your cat or dog's diet.


2. Take your pet for regular veterinary checkups


Not many of us like visiting the doctor, and our four-legged friends are no different. But you can teach your pets to at least tolerate going to the vet by giving them treats each time to make the experience a little more enjoyable for them. It's important to take your dog or cat to the vet regularly to make sure they're getting the care and attention they need.


3. Make sure they have proper identification and are microchipped


Sometimes our pets wander a little too far for their own good. A great way to increase the chances of being reunited with our fur buds that have run away or gotten lost or stolen is to have them microchipped.

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4. Play together

Some pets require lots of attention while others may look for more alone time. However, most pets are happy just to be by your side. Show your pet how much they mean to you by taking a break from your phone and spending quality time together in the form of playtime. 

Playing games provides your furry friends with mental and physical benefits. To keep your pet from getting bored, find a few activities, like hide-and-seek or fetch, that you enjoy playing with each other.

Provide a safe, enriching, loving home

Take a few extra minutes to cuddle with your fur pal. Cuddling with pets has health benefits for both pets and humans. Petting your dog or cat can release hormones, reduce anxiety and stress, and be very calming for both of you.

Give your dog or cat an extra treat now and then to reward them and let them know they are a good boy or girl. Give them a cozy pet bed of their own to sleep in. Be slow to anger, quick to forgive, and cherish every moment you have with your beloved family members.

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