Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you come home after a long day to find your beloved pet greeting you at the door?
We are a nation of animal lovers, and it’s easy to understand why they hold a special place in our hearts. They cheer us up when we’re feeling sad, and they make us laugh doing the things they’re not really meant to be doing – like digging up the garden (tut, tut).
It’s Pet Appreciation Week from the 5th to the 11th June; a whole week dedicated to showing the furry family members in our lives just how much they mean to us. They demonstrate their love for us through a tail wag or a nose nudge, but how do we return the favour in ways they’ll understand?
We’ve got a few ideas in mind…
Anyone with a dog will understand just how much they love a long walk. So grab the lead, slip into your most comfortable walking shoes and surprise your curious canine with a trip to the fields. You’ll be doing them (and you!) a world of good, too, as exercise stimulates the mind, eases stress and gets those muscles moving!
Since your pet is a part of your family, they deserve a special treat. They love a surprise, so why not come home with a brand new cuddly toy for them to play with?
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a good pamper session. Give your pet a well-deserved grooming by taking the time to brush their fur coat. Not only will this help form a stronger bond, it will also give you the opportunity to check for any abnormalities beneath their skin, such as fleas and ticks or dry patches.
Bertie doesn’t know that you are stressing to pay your phone bill, or struggling to meet a deadline. All he wants is a few minutes of your undivided attention. So ditch the computer and put aside ten minutes to give your beloved pet some extra cuddles. Cosy up with your favorite movie, set up a blanket (you could even bring along their new cuddly toy!) and get ready to give your pet the best belly rubs and head scratches they have ever had.
Playing games with your pet, such as ‘fetch’ or ‘hide and seek’ is great for strengthening the relationship between you both. Games require you both to communicate and work together in the same way, and it can be a really positive experience for the pair of you.
We advise all pet owners to avoid feeding their pet’s chocolate on any day of the year as it is incredibly toxic. However, special occasions such as Pet Appreciation Week will seem like the perfect reason to give your pet a special treat. If you do want to do this, be sure not to feed them too many treats, and make sure they are healthy. In the unfortunate event that your pet consumes something harmful, our dedicated 24-hour centres are here to help day and night. Simply use our online practice finder tool to locate your nearest 24-hour centre if your pet requires emergency care.
We hope you and your beloved companions have a wonderful time this Pet Appreciation Week!
Posted May 24, 2016 in Pet Care Advice