With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we may be starting to think of ways to treat those special people in our lives, but what about our pets?! Surely they deserve some special attention too. The usual chocolates, flowers and fancy restaurants aren’t appropriate, so how do we show our pets that we love them?

Doing something new together is a great way to strengthen your connection with your pet. This may mean taking your dog for a walk somewhere new or thinking up a new game for your cat.

Making memories with your dog

Exploring your local National Trust grounds or visiting the coast is a really fun way to bond with your dog. You will both be discovering somewhere new together and getting some exercise along the way. Make sure you take some photos of your adventures, so you can treasure the memory for years to come.

Valentine’s with your cat

Cats are always a little more tricky to impress, but with a bit of ingenuity you can create a fun obstacle course at home with some cardboard boxes and household items. When playing with your cat try to mimic the pattern of their natural hunting behaviours where possible. Perhaps they could be hunting for their prey if you hide treats about the room, or chasing and pouncing on a mouse with a wand toy. Always finish the game before your cat gets bored, and after they have been successful, this will help to keep their interest for next time.

The benefits of grooming

Grooming your pet is another way to spend quality time together. In addition to keeping their coat clean and shiny it is an opportunity to feel for any new lumps or bumps that should not be there. It is also the time to check for external parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites.

Your pet will enjoy the sensation of grooming and having your focus on them. By paying attention to your pet you will learn where they like to be petted, and whether they enjoy a gentle scratch or more vigorous stroking. Most cats prefer a gentle scratch around their chin and the top of their head, for dogs the chest, shoulders and ear base are generally enjoyable. Avoid the delicate whisker area and paws to ensure your pet is able to fully enjoy the experience.

You in return will benefit from taking some time out just to be with your pet. It has been shown that spending time your pet has benefits on human blood pressure, what more excuse do you need?

Remember…no chocolates for your bestie!

Just as we enjoy the occasional chocolate, your pet will enjoy a tasty treat. There is an array of healthy species-specific treats now available on the market. Just remember when giving treats to make dinner slightly smaller to reflect the extra calories.

This February Protect My Pet have teamed up with Pont & Pierce to create a special treat for your dog to show our gratitude for having your pet as part of our pack. Cats shall receive a pink salmon flavoured Lick-e-lix. Find yours in your February Protect My Pet box.

Happy Valentine’s everyone! 

If you are not yet part of our pack, join us today and you will receive 20% off your first box when using code “2020” at the checkout at www.protect-mypet.com

Written by Lindsay Rose MA VetMB CertAVP CertVBM MRCVS