Hopefully, the ways we show appreciation to our pets are better received than our dogs’ slobbery kisses may be.
It’s a common sentiment to hear a pet parent say something like, “I cuddle my cat until he gets mad at me and runs away.”
Sometimes there’s a fine line between appreciating and annoying. Not that you NEED a special Pet Appreciation Week to show your pets appreciation, but it is kind of fun to spoil them a little extra.
How can you appreciate YOUR pet and make them feel loved?
Ways to Appreciate Your Pet
Ask yourself, what does your pet most enjoy? Many dogs love rides in the car, trips to the dog park, or long walks – maybe all of the above. Carve out time in your schedule to spend time with your dog doing what he or she loves to do.
Cats may enjoy stuffed mice filled with catnip or time chasing a laser pointer. Not sure? Try it and see!
In many parts of the country, the weather is warming up. This means both dogs and cats may be shedding more and you can help relieve them of loose fur by brushing them more often. This helps them feel better by thinning a heavy coat – it also helps you keep your house cleaner by corralling the fur in one place rather than coating everything in your home with a layer of pet hair.
Why not book a grooming appointment for your dog? They may not love the actual grooming, but everyone feels better after a good bath.
Pets’ nutritional needs change as they age. If your pet is transitioning to a senior – (which can be as young as 5-6 years old for giant breeds) then it’s worth a discussion with your veterinarian to see whether adding nutritional supplements might be an option.
You’ll want to make sure they’re getting what they need on the inside so they feel great and look great on the outside.
Sometimes picking up a new bag of an old favorite is all it takes to have your dog barking your praises! Our pantry staple is Old Mother Hubbard Classic Original Assortment oven-baked biscuits.
Is your pet due for a new collar/leash? Why not celebrate the approach of summer with a summer themed duo? Flowers, lady bugs, or a simple plaid pattern could adorn the neck of your pet and replace the worn set you’ve been meaning to replace.
If you’re like a lot of pet lovers, you have dozens of pictures of Fido on your iPhone’s camera roll. Why not share your favorites with us by using the hashtag #OldMotherHubbard on Instagram! We regularly re-gram our favorites.