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4 ways to celebrate your pet this Valentine's Day

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4 ways to celebrate your pet this Valentine's Day
Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on Feb 17 2015

There are holidays that everyone loves, like Halloween and Thanksgiving, and then there is the holiday OF love, which seems to have polarized people—they either love it or hate it. I’m talking about Valentine’s Day, of course, and while it may just be a “Hallmark” holiday, if you have a pet, then you have truly experienced unconditional love and that’s worth celebrating!

Now, you know that the traditional Valentine’s Day heart-shaped box of chocolates is a no-no for your furry valentine, so I’ll give you some ideas of how to celebrate in this blog.

Your four-legged Valentine is always happy to see you when you get home, never complains about your cooking and is even eager to help clean up spills in the kitchen. If that’s not a perfect companion, I don’t know what is! Celebrate Valentine’s Day in one (or all!) of the following ways:

Sweet (Potato) Treats

Roll up your sleeves and bust out the rolling pin to make some pawesome homemade cookies for your dog. Use a bone or heart shaped cookie cutter to create these easy Valentine’s Day treats.

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked sweet potato

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce

Preheat the oven to 350oF. Mix sweet potato with flour, eggs and applesauce until dough is well formed. Roll the dough out until it is 1/4-1/2 inch thick and use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Arrange cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 40 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe taken from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/super-simple-sweet-potato-dog-treats/

My Funny Valentine

Include your pets when you’re making Valentines to give to two-legged friends. Shape clay into a heart and help your dog or cat press a paw print into it. Bake or air dry as directed and you’ll have a Valentine’s keepsake for all times.

Or, if your pet doesn’t like that idea, try having a photo shoot with your pet and include his or her picture on your Valentines. Use funny Valentine’s Day props to capture the mood, and you’ll melt hearts wherever your Valentines end up.

Heart Healthy Supplements

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to improve your pet’s heart health by increasing his or her intake of omega-3 fatty acids. These heart healthy “good fats” found in fish oil benefit not only your pet’s heart, but his skin and joints as well. Check with your veterinarian for advice on which brand is best for your four-legged love.

Fixed for Life

Though Valentine’s Day is the time for lovers or all kinds, we also have to think about the possibly unintentional result of all of this love: offspring! The homeless pet population in this country is huge and insurmountable, leading to daily euthanasias of perfectly healthy puppies and kittens, as well as their adult counterparts. Don’t contribute to the problem by allowing your pet to have even one litter—make sure your Valentine is spayed or neutered.

How do you show your furry Valentines you love them? Share your wag-worthy celebrations in the comments below!