This Valentine’s Day don’t forget your furry companions! More and more people are welcoming pets into their homes and include them in celebrations of love this time of year. Following are a few tips on showing your pet how much they mean to you!
-GET MORE EXERCISE: Incorporate more playtime in your routine for you and your pet. Start with trying a new activity! Don’t forget, cats need exercise too!
-TEACH AN OLD DOG A NEW TRICK! It’s never too late and your pet will enjoy the attention!
-PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE. Both dogs and cats need an owner attentive to their pets oral health. Ask your vet the best way to keep your pets mouths fresh!
-MAKE A DATE WITH YOUR VET. Cats and dogs age far quicker then their human counterparts, getting your pet an annual check up is a great way to keep your loved ones healthy and happy!
-MAKE NEW FRIENDS! Dogs need to be socialized with other dogs on a regular basis. Find a new dog park or dog friendly beach to explore, you may even make a new friend too!
-GROOM YOUR PET ON A REGULAR BASIS. Just like you your pet feels great when he/she looks great! Your animal will be more comfortable free from mats, overgrown toenails, yeasty ears, itchy eyes, and more. Routine care and maintenance can significantly improve your dog's quality of life.
-BE A VOICE. Speak up when you notice neglected or abused pets in your neighborhood. This isn't pleasant, but if you can help even one animal escape a painful life, it is worth it. Shelters and rescue groups will thank you and most will accept an anonymous tip to help animals in need.
-HELP A LESS-FORTUNATE ANIMAL. Remember that not all dogs are as lucky as yours. Not all dogs have regular meals, veterinary care, someone who loves them and will play with them, a home to call their own. Donate funds, supplies or volunteer a few hours a week at a local animal shelter.
*Don't forget NEVER give your dog or cat chocolate.