How to Show Your Affection on National Love Your Pet Day



If you forgot to get your favorite animal a gift for Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day, the perfect time to show your dog, cat, rabbit, bird, hamster or iguana how much you love them.


To help celebrate, Pet Expert Erin Askeland, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA of Camp Bow Wow, offered some insights and tips on how to safely spoil your pet. 


  • Homemade Treats

It’s fun to cook and bake for friends and family, and since pets are often considered part of your family, why not cook for them as well? Not only can you customize the treats with your pet’s favorite foods, there are so many options to choose from including frozen treats, baked bones or pet cupcakes.


Our Suggestion: Too lazy to cook a homemade meal yourself? Companies including The Farmer’s Dog and Pet Plate deliver homemade, fresh, customizable meals for your dog, right to your own door. Read more about homemade meal delivery services here:


  • Drink with Your Pet

Interested in celebrating National Love Your Pet Day with some bubbly? Companies including Pet Winery and Apollo Peak make pet-safe mocktails, beer, wine and champagne that you can give pets so they can celebrate along with you.


  • Special Toys

You can make a special toy for your pet out of an old t-shirt or socks stuffed with treats, newspaper or tennis balls. Or if you don’t have the time to make your own, there are some great toys on the market.


Our Suggestion: Our New Products page features the latest toys on the market, including Li’l Pals Plush Balls, Jackson Galaxy Satellites and DoyenDog. Our February issue featured toys specifically for feline friends as well as an inside look at ZippyPaws which creates innovative and fun toys, collars and leashes for dogs.


  • Cuddle Time

This is a great chance to put on AirBud, Fly Away Home, PaulieThe Secret Life of Pets or Homeward Bound and have a cuddle session with your pet.


Our Suggestion:  The ERGO Foam Stairs from Pura Naturals Pet or the Solvit's PupSTEP Wood Sofa Ramp are great for small or old pets who have trouble getting up to the couch. Life Like Pillows and Heart Fleece PJ’s from Fashion Pet make cuddling comfy and fun. Head to our New Products page for more information.


  • Spa Day

Give your pet the full treatment at a local grooming salon that offers self-bathing and great shampoos.


Our Suggestion: Businesses like Wag N' Wash or Dogtopia are some great grooming franchises. Dogtopia has a professional spa team ready to give you pup the Hollywood treatment including baths, brush outs, teeth brushing and grooming. Wag N' Wash offers self-service washing with its own line of shampoos, as well as a professional grooming service. Plus the franchise boasts a retail center and a bakery with human-grade baked treats for your pup. Pet groomers looking to up their game should check out some of these top shampoos available on the market:


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