Spend This Valentine’s Day with Your Furry Loves

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 1:15pm
dog wearing red heart necklace

Valentine’s Day is just days away—and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t planning to spend at least part of it with the furry loves of our lives. If you’re looking for an excuse to spend some time with your pets on February 14, here are a few ways you can put some four-legged fun into the holiday:

Take a romantic stroll. Getting active with your pets is a great way to strengthen your bond. Healthy adult dogs, for example, need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day, so show your pet how much you love her by taking her on a jaunt through the park at sunset.

Enjoy some savory treats together. While chocolates and other traditional Valentine’s Day treats are dangerous for pets, why not make Fido some delicious homemade treats he can enjoy?  Check out our recipes for cookies for cats and peanut butter and pumpkin treats for dogs.

Give your pet a special grooming session. Clean pets are happy pets! Show your cat or dog some extra TLC this Valentine’s Day with a good brushing or a nice bath. Check out these grooming tips from our ASPCA experts.

Shower your pet with gifts. Show your pal some love with heart-themed fashion collars and collar charms from the ASPCA Online Store. While you’re at it, treat yourself to something sparkly or stylish that will show the world how much you care about animals.

For a complete list of Valentine’s Day pet safety tips, visit our Pet Care section.

And if you’ve got other plans to give your pets a little Valentine’s love, tell us about it in the comments!