8 Great Ways to Show Your Pet Appreciation

8 Great Ways to Show Your Pet Appreciation

What could be more fun than showing your pet how much you appreciate them? (Answer: Sharing pictures of it as part of the @dogsofinstagram Pet Appreciation Photo Contest!) But whether you appreciate with snuggles, toys, or nose-boops, remember that celebrating your pet isn’t just about showering them with love. 

True pet appreciation means ensuring your fave feline or canine leads a long, happy, healthy life. That means engaging in activities that promote physical health, mental stimulation, and emotional happiness.  

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Best Ways to Show Your Pet Appreciation

Pets bring so much to our lives. And that means your furry BFF deserves the very best in return. Here are the top ways to give your dog or cat the appreciation they deserve — through play, a bit of pampering, and promoting their overall health and well-being. 

Love your pet? Visit your vet!

Good health is the key to keeping your pet by your side for many years to come. So regular veterinary visits are a must. To stay on top of appointments, medications, and more, sign up for a GreatPetCare account to keep all your pet’s important health details at your fingertips.

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Schedule a spa day

Keep your furry friend looking fab by scheduling some time for pampering and relaxation. That could mean anything from a deluxe grooming treatment to a soothing at-home bath in your DIY day spa. Even a simple brushing session is great for both bonding and beautifying. Every pet deserves a little luxury now and then!

Keep them safe from parasites

Shield your pet from pesky pests (and the diseases they can cause) with year-round flea, tick, and heartworm prevention. It only takes one bite to endanger your pet, so know your pet’s risk level and choose a preventative that fits your pet and regional hazards best. Don’t forget: Consistent protection is crucial. With a GreatPetCare account, you can stay on track with helpful medication reminders, so you never miss a dose. It’s a simple yet essential way to keep them safe and comfortable all year long.

Surprise them with a treat

Who doesn’t love a yummy, unexpected treat? Whether it’s a gourmet biscuit or a meaty morsel, rewarding your pet with a special treat is a classic way to show how much you adore them. Just be sure to avoid calorie-laden treats that could do more harm than good. Two healthy treat options we recommend: Dogs love Nutrisentials Lean Treats and cats go bananas for Greenies SmartBites!

Play with them

Whether it’s a game of fetch or wrestling with a kicker toy, playing with your pet delivers a boatload of benefits. Active playtime keeps dogs and cats physically engaged, while puzzle toys engage the brain. Both are key to a happy, healthy pet. 

Give them a reason to smile

Keeping your pet happy and healthy includes taking care of their pearly whites! Poor dental care can have a huge impact on your pet’s teeth and overall health. So brush your pet’s teeth daily and visit your vet regularly for checkups. To make dental care more appealing to your pet, you can also add a dental chew or treat to your daily regimen to help reduce tartar buildup and freshen breath.

Help them chill out

Stress can take a toll on everyone…including our pets! But there are plenty of things you can do to help them relax. Some pets respond to physical touch, while others prefer soft, reassuring noises. There are also calming products that can help your pet weather stressful situations, like loud thunderstorms or air travel. Some pets may require medication to ease their anxiety. Always work with your vet to choose the best option to restore your pet’s sense of calm. 

Go on an adventure together 

A change of scenery can be a great way to show your pet how much they mean to you. Whether it’s a scenic hike or a pet-friendly getaway, exploring a new place together can be a great adventure and bonding opportunity. Before you go, make sure your pet has a clean bill of health and any records needed for travel. Or just log into your GreatPetCare account for easy health record access!

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Celebrate Your Pet All Year Through

Remember, pet appreciation isn’t confined to a specific week or month. As a pet parent, it’s up to you to figure out how to celebrate your four-legged family members every day of the year.

Why not start right now? Send us your favorite snapshot showing how you appreciate your pet, and you could be featured on @dogsofinstagram as part of the Pet Appreciation Photo Contest in June!

Know the best way how to show your dog you love them? From spa days to dog park romps, we want to see it. Have you perfected how to tell your cat you love them? Share your secrets with the world. 

Let’s showcase the love and joy our pets bring into our lives and inspire others to do the same. Because when it comes to showing appreciation for our furry friends, there’s no such thing as too much love!

Submit your Pet Appreciation photo here!

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