We don't know how it started. We don't know when it started. On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day. This unofficial holiday is an excuse (as if you need one) to give extra attention to your pets. It's a great day to focus on that special connection between animals and humans.
Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet? In the United States, dogs edge out cats, but only just. And our choices aren't limited to furry friends; thinks about all of those friends and family members who partner up with fish, reptiles, birds and yes...rodents! Whatever your choice, we suggest you spend a little extra time with them. According to the National Center for Health Research, you'll reap the benefits of
- a healthier heart
- lower blood pressure
- reduced stress
- more exercise
- less depression
- significant impact on allergies and asthma
- social support and social interactions with other people
And then there's the love.
How To Celebrate
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Take your dog for a walk. It allows you and them to get plenty of exercise and it's a great way to show your appreciation. Don't forget to bring some water for the two of you and, for safety's sake, always keep your dog on a leash except where free run is allowed.
Give them a special treat. Choose something from a pet store, or make it personal and create it yourself. There's all kinds of ideas for different pets. You can attach a special bird treat to the side of their cage or give your rabbit their favorite vegetable. If your pet is on a special diet, make sure that it's acceptable.
Make them or buy them. You know they love them. Have a paper towel cardboard roll? Perfect for a mouse. Bell & String? Purrrr....Word of advice? No Shoes!!!
Give them a bath filled with love. No animal (except for cats) hates baths. Make them feel clean and comfortable with this method. Dogs love a follow-up brushing.
Let a rodent out of its cage for a longer time. Much like us, a mouse or hamster wants (and needs) to explore new environments and surroundings.
Every pet, and we mean every pet, wants some special attention. You don't need to spend every minute of the day, but a little extra time let's 'em know that you love 'em.
Let your pet sleep alongside you. Whether it's your bed or on the floor, your pet will sigh, purr or squawk with love.
Surprise your pet pal on February 20th with a little something special. It's National Love Your Pet Day!