February 22, 2016
Like you, I love my pets THIS MUCH (read arms stretched wide). But loving our critters is more than giving kisses, hugs and tummy rubs. It’s also about doing right by them when it comes to their health, happiness and wellbeing.
On National Love Your Pet Day and every day, please “paws” to reflect on five ways to adore your pet even more.
Walk and Play
Nothing says love like spending time with your pet to ensure they get exercise, attention and mental stimulation. Daily activity is good for your pet’s body, brain and it even promotes good behavior. So dedicate time every day to walk or play fetch with the family pooch. And remember, felines need fun, too! Engage kitty in playtime that taps into her inner tiger!
Stay on Schedule
Routine veterinary check-ups and preventative care are essential to your pet’s health. However, our lives are so busy these days that it can be easy to postpone making these appointments. So, demonstrate your love by scheduling Fido or Fluffy’s yearly veterinary wellness visits now. Once they’re on your calendar, you’ll be more likely to keep them. Also, consider pet insurance to protect your pocketbook from unexpected veterinary bills. That way your pet can have the best care available, regardless of your budget.
Create Cuddle Time
This is my favorite way to love my pets! Promise to set aside pet bonding time every day. The benefits of petting and playing with your pet are well documented. Just 10 minutes a day can go a long way toward strengthening the relationship with your pet. In addition, studies have shown that petting a dog or cat lowers stress, improves heart health and elevates one’s mood. Everybody wins!
Feeding your pet at regular times will help him or her better metabolize meals and maintain good energy. Keeping food amounts the same each day are also important to control weight. To stay on track, determine which family member(s) will be responsible for feeding the pet in the morning and evening. If you put a child in charge, make sure that they are old enough to understand the importance of this chore and do it consistently.
Paw It Forward
One of the best ways you can show your love for your pet is to spread it around to others. There are millions of wonderful animals waiting for their forever homes in shelters and rescues around the country. So why not volunteer at a shelter walking dogs or spending quality time with cats? If you’re short on time, you can support an event or make a donation to a rescue or animal charity like the BISSELL Pet Foundation instead. And of course, the ultimate way to “share the love” is by adopting or fostering another pet in need. For more ways to live healthier and happier with your pet, be sure to check out the Fetch! Pet Care blog.
About the Author:
Kristen Levine is a Pet Living Expert based in Tampa, Florida. Kristen understands that pet parents seek content and connections with people who love pets as much as they do. She began her practice in the pet-people connection when working at the ASPCA as a pet adoption and lifestyle advocate. To learn more about Kristen Levine, please visit KristenLevine.com.