Celebrate your fur babies this month of love

It’s the month of love and what better way to show your love than to celebrate your fur baby.

Marycke Ackhurst, pet behaviour expert from Hill’s Pet Nutrition says that 20th February is Love Your Pet Day and even though Hill’s Pet Nutrition celebrates pets every day, it is wonderful to have a day dedicated to our special family members and to be “given permission” to spoil them a little extra.

Ackhurst says that there are lots of ways to shower our pets with love and affection.

“Many of us do this with a treat and, while the odd treat may not be detrimental to your pet’s health, over time food treats can become an unhealthy habit.”

She provides the following options for showing your dog or cat some extra love and hopefully putting in place some healthy habits for the entire year:

Quality time – spending quality time together can never be overestimated. So, why not curl up on the couch together and watch some of those tear-jerking animal movies and shows together? – A Dog For Life on Netflix, Marley and Me, A Dog’s Purpose, and Secret Life of Pets are just some suggestions.   

Retail therapy – there is no doubt that retail therapy makes us feel good. So, what about a new leash or collar? A trendy bandanna? A shiny new ball? A new toy mouse or some catnip?

Look good, feel good – There is nothing like having your hair done to put a snap in your step, and your pet feels the same. Treat them to a day of grooming at the parlour; there they’ll bath him, dry him, brush him, and trim his nails. While most cats won’t take as kindly to a spa day, a nice, relaxing brush at home will not go unappreciated.

Walks and runs in the park – One of the best ways to spend time with your dog is playing and exercising together.  Commit to going for a regular walk or playing catch.  Cats love playing games too; any feathery toys, scratch posts, or catnip, will bring out the kitten in them and expend any pent-up energy.

Choosing the right food – make mealtime a treat by choosing the right food for your pet, whether your dog is suffering from mobility issues or your cat’s urinary problems. Hill’s Pet Nutrition is scientifically formulated to help address these and many other issues your pet may have while improving their quality of life.

Get social – There is no doubt as to why Petfluencers’ are popular across social media.  Join in and post pictures of you and your pet this month of love – guaranteed to make you and your followers feel happy.

Volunteer at your local shelter – You don’t have to have a pet to love pets. Why not celebrate the month of love by visiting a nearby animal shelter? Spend time with the dogs and cats looking for their forever home. It will make you, and them, feel good.

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