LAFAYETTE — Valentine's Day is the perfect day to show someone that you love them... including your pets!
"You want to make sure that your dog is loved on, gets the attention they need and the medical attention they need," says Suzette Tardo Fowler, owner of Camp Bow Wow in Lafayette. "Make sure you have the right kind of food, and the proper nutrition. They are a family member, so you don't want to treat them any differently than you would a family member."
One special way to show them how much you love them is by making them homemade treats using healthy foods that are safe for your pups such as organic pumpkin, peanut butter, honey, eggs and whole wheat flour. The best part about these treats is that they can be made all year round.
"You can take the concoction of peanut butter and pumpkin, or peanut butter and honey, and bake them some treats," says Fowler.
Another great way to spend some quality time with your pup is by using enrichment toys and games that challenge their senses. You can find these games and toys at your local pet store. Place a treat inside and encourage them to sniff out where the treat is.
"I would suggest buying some of those, and have that time with your pups," says Fowler. "They can identify through knocking over certain blocks, or sniffing something out, and that's going to keep them occupied and keep them stimulated."
You can never go wrong with pampering your pup with a relaxing bath time, and a gentle scrub. Make sure you are using products that are dog friendly and be mindful of any skin conditions that your dogs might have.
Spending time outside, throwing a ball, sitting in the sun, allowing them to smell different scents and interact with other dogs is extremely healthy for you and your pup to enjoy together.
Finally, you can show your pup that you love them by snuggling up on the couch with their favorite toys and watch a movie together.
"Your pets love you more than you can possible imagine, and they deserve the utmost care and they deserve to be spoiled," says Fowler.
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