Dog with Valentine heart on nose.

Valentine’s Day is the ideal time to celebrate the favorite people in your life. It’s also the perfect time to design a fun pet holiday for your favorite dog or cat. These five fun activities will get your dog’s tail wagging or your cat purring with delight. And while you’re in planning mode, treat yourself to a special Valentine’s Day gift as well.

Throw a “Gift Reveal” Party

Include your pets in the Valentine’s fun with a gift reveal party. Buy your favorite pet some toys you know they’ll love. Unveil them one by one, and watch your pet’s anticipation and delight as you do each gift reveal. Keep your phone handy, as you’ll likely have the potential for some memorable photos and videos.

Whip Up Some Pet Treats

Tasty homemade cookies aren’t just for humans. Just for Valentine’s Day, bake your cat or dog some tasty, nutritious treats that will have them coming back for more. Pay attention to their likes/dislikes plus their special nutrition needs. And remember, some treats can also promote good dental health.

Be sure to avoid the following ingredients in your homemade treats, which can be toxic for animals:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Nuts
  • Xylitol

Enjoy a Pet-Themed Movie (or Two)

On this chilly February day, curl up on the couch with your favorite canine companion. Cue up a classic pet-themed movie (or perhaps one in which the dog hands-down steals the entire show). Or, honor your cat by watching some classic YouTube cat videos. He (or she) might enjoy them, too.

Indulge in a Pet Yoga Session

Yoga is one of the most relaxing activities on the planet. And whether they know it or not, cats and dogs have some yoga moves of their own. Your dog probably engages in his version of the classic “Downward Dog” morning stretch. And your cat likely has some long, lazy stretches she’s mastered.

This Valentine’s Day, enjoy some yoga poses together with your cat or dog. Put on a yoga video and grab a yoga mat, and get ready to roll on the floor with your furry yoga partner.  

Take a Ride Through the Countryside

Winter weather or not, it’s always fun to go for a relaxing ride away from the city’s hustle and bustle. Chances are, your dog or cat would love a change of scenery, and they might even enjoy some time in the great outdoors.

For security’s sake, take your dog’s leash for those mid-trip potty walks. If your cat can tolerate a harness and leash, that will help you control the little feline escape artist.

Of course, your Animal Medical Center veterinarian can help ensure that your pet holiday experiences are safe for your cat or dog. At your pet’s next wellness exam visit, ask about your pet’s nutrition requirements when making those tasty treats. And don’t forget to ask about things you can do to protect your pet’s dental health, too. Contact our vet’s office for an appointment today.