Valentine’s Day is the purr-fect reason to show your favorite furry friend some extra love! Chocolate and flowers are great but what’s better than some extra hair on your clothes and drool on your face. Your pet will be happy to spend time with you, and we bet you will love it too! Here are some of our favorite ways to show our pets some extra love.
1. Make Homemade Dog or Cat Treats
As pet owners, we know that the way to our pet’s heart is through their stomach. Your pet will love spending some extra time with you in the kitchen especially when they find out that you’re making treats for them! Below are two recipes from the ASPCA for homemade treats for both dogs and cats.
- Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats, Recipe from ASPCA
- 2 ½ c. Oat Flour
- ½ c. Unsweetened Applesauce
- 2/4 c. Pumpkin Puree
- 3 tbsp. Peanut Butter
“Preheat oven to 350·. Combine ingredients well. Roll out ½ inch thick and cut individual biscuits with a cookie cutter. Lay out on greased cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until crunchy. Allow to cool completely before letting your pup enjoy it! Keep for up to one week in a sealed container.”
- Kitty Croutons, Recipe from ASPCA
- 5 oz. can Tuna
- ½ c. White Cornmeal
- ½ c. Rice Flour
- 1 Tbsp. Dried Catnip
- ½ c. Water
“Preheat oven to 350·. Drain and dispose of water from tuna, then combine ingredients well. Roll small pieces into Kitty Croutons by hand. Lay out on greased cookie sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until browned and crunchy. Allow to cool completely before letting your cat enjoy! Keep for up to one week in your fridge.”
2. Explore Somewhere New
New places, new sniffs, new friends! If you have a friendly, social animal, try taking them somewhere new! Spend some quality time together exploring a new neighborhood, a new park, or a new beach. Your pet will thank you for spending some extra time with them. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite spot or a new friend! Check out some of these Brevard County dog-friendly places if you need some new ideas.
3. Get A Pet-icure
Schedule your pet for a day of pampering at the pet spa, or have a day of rest and relaxation together at home. Give your pet a warm bath, and a well-deserved pet massage. After all, begging for treats and getting belly rubs is stressful work!
4. Lights, Camera, Squirrel!
One picture is all snoot, the next is all wiggly butt. As hard as they may try, animals are not great at selfies. You may end up with some comical outtakes after your selfie photo session with your dog, but for better quality pictures it may be best to leave it to the professionals. A photoshoot with your pet will provide you with a fun day of long-lasting memories with your pet.
5. Paint Your Pet
At this event, no one will judge you for going in public with pet hair all over your clothes! Paw-some! Maybe you’ve done a painting event before, but this one is all about your love for your pet. Create a unique portrait of your favorite furry friend. This unique keepsake will last you a lifetime. This event is BYOPH (Bring Your Own Pet Hair).
6. Hit the Road
Have all the time in the world and no place to be? That sounds like the perfect day for your pet! Jump in the car, roll the windows down, and let the drool fly! If your pet gets excited every time you open the car door, they will love you all Valentine’s Day long after you invite them for a car ride.
7. Just One More Toy Please
Continue your car ride to the pet store and your pet will be googley-eyed in love! Your pet will be excited to get any new toy, but they will love it even more if they can pick it out for themselves. Puzzle toys for dogs are a great solution to keep dogs engaged and mentally stimulated.
If your pet is spoiled silly and already has all of the toys in the world, and gets lots of love on Valentine’s Day and every other day in their fur-ever home, consider sharing the love with pets in need. Many shelter animals would love some Valentine’s Day affection! Donate your time through volunteering, donate shelter wish list items, or make a monetary donation. One example would be the Brevard Humane Society.
With flowers, candies, and chocolates around on Valentine’s Day, it is important to make sure your pet isn’t getting into anything that is toxic. If you find empty wrappers or your pet is acting strange, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately.
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435
Give your pet the love they deserve this Valentine’s Day (and every day!). If you’re stuck at the office or have other plans scheduled on Valentine’s Day, you can still make sure your pet feels the love. Space Coast Pet Services provides custom plans for walks and care services based on your pet’s size, age, and breed. Get your furry friend out for a walk, or get them to their pet spa appointment with our Pet Taxi services. We hope you and your pet have a fun, love-filled Valentine’s Day!
Melanie is the owner and founder of Brevard’s premier trusted in-home pet care company. With a Sociology & Criminal Justice degree from the University of Tennessee, in 2016 she took her corporate security background and combined it with her lifelong passion for animals – that’s how Space Coast Pet Services was born! She is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR, bonded, insured, and proudly completed a full background check successfully. She is committed to ongoing training and education for herself and her team. To learn more, click here.
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