At ‘ilovepets.co’, we believe that pets are family. We know that all our readers and customers (from Grand Prairie, Texas to all over the United States) are planning to include all pets, big and small, in the festivities.
You just can’t wait to pamper your pets, a bit more than what you usually do, this holiday season. So, here are some creative ways you can make the holidays special for your pets:
Prepare A Warm Beverage
Don’t you love hot cocoa or hot cider on a cold winter night? Your pets will love their own healthy hot beverages, especially if they spend time outdoors. A tasty beverage will also help hydrate your pet, which may be less likely to drink water when it’s cold out. Drinking plenty of fluids prevents dry skin and supports your pet’s digestion.
Warm Beverages For Cats And Dogs
- Bone broth: buy or make bone broth in a slow cooker or pressure cooker. Freeze extra broth in an ice cube tray, then bring out on cold days. Microwave to just warmer than room temperature, stir to eliminate hot spots that could burn your pet’s tongue.
- Chicken, beef or veggie stock or broth: While bone broth is more nutritious, other types of broth are tasty alternatives that may be easier to find. If using store-bought, look for low-sodium varieties that do not contain onion.
- Green tea: Green tea is safe, even healthy for pets as long as it does not contain caffeine. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants that promote healing and immune system health.
- Other ideas: add a small amount of juice from a tuna can, xylitol-free peanut butter, fruit juice (not grape), to water and warm it up.
Make Holiday Treats
You can make homemade treats for every type of pet, just be sure to use ingredients that already exist in their diet to avoid stomach upset.
Most cookie recipes can be made pet-friendly by using less sugar and eliminating any unsafe ingredients. Treats should make up no more than 10 percent of your pet’s diet, and you can cut back on their meal serving to prevent weight gain. For pets with grain allergies, you can use tapioca or nut flours in place of white, wheat-based flour.
Upgrade All Of Your Pets’ Beds
With the cooler weather, your pets will appreciate a warm, soft bed, especially if their old bed has gone flat.You may also want to provide additional beds in your pet’s favorite places, like in front of a window or close to the couch so they can nap close to you. We love this comfy pet bed with tall sides and a removable cotton pad.
You could also refresh the beds your pet already has. Most have a removable outer covering that can be washed in a washing machine. If you’re handy at sewing, you can replace the stuffing for a fresh, plump new bed.
Grow That Toy Collection
Most plush pet toys can be safely thrown into the wash with other items. You may want to hand-wash toys with delicate parts. You can also re-stuff toys, and add fresh catnip to your cat toys.
You can also challenge your pet with interactive toys. This Play N Squeak MouseHunter toy makes realistic noises when your cat bats at it.
Many pets enjoy working for their food and will appreciate this homemade Snuffle Mat. Place dry food between the fabric strips so your pet will use their nose to hunt for bites of food. This is also a great tool to have if your dog suffers from separation anxiety. Long-lasting activities and puzzles keep their mind busy so your time away will pass more quickly.
Commit To Better Pet Health
Your pet’s health directly affects their quality of life. One of the biggest ways you can improve your pet’s health is by taking care of their teeth. Most cats and dogs have periodontal disease by three years of age. The overload of bacteria in your pet’s mouth can spread throughout their whole body.
The best way to improve your pet’s dental health is by brushing their teeth daily. Bones and dental treats can help, as do water additives, but they don’t completely remove plaque build-up.
Yearly vet check-ups are important for both cats and dogs, though cat owners are less likely to stick to regular appointments. Kidney disease is the leading killer of pet cats, and most don’t show any symptoms until their chances of recovery are very low. Getting bloodwork at least once per year can detect kidney disease in cats before it becomes serious.
So how are you celebrating this season with your pets? What are you doing to make this holiday extra special for your pets? Share in the comments: