THU, 12 FEB 2015 BY LINDA ROSADO
This Valentine’s Day, you might be prepping for a night on the town with your closest pals, planning an intimate dinner for two, or settling in on the couch for a cozy night in. But what about your most loyal (and furriest) sidekick? Show some love to the canine in your life with these helpful, easy tips.
MAKE A FEAST FOR ALL
Start your day off right with some fuel for yourself and your faithful companion. Whip up a delicious batch of pup-friendly pancakes for the whole house to enjoy and make your morning a lot sweeter.
PICK UP YOUR FEET AND PAWS
Whether you’re more of a turtle or a hare, using your legs is a great way to release endorphins and show love to the most important person in your life—yourself. Bring your pooch along a dog-friendly park or trail to get in some much-needed fresh air and playtime. Stroll, run or jog with your pup, but don’t forget to adhere to park protocol while enjoying yourself. Be on the lookout for DOGIPOT® pet waste removal products so you can help keep your neighborhood park clean and safe for others like you. Don’t see adequate dog waste pickup solutions? Let your park ranger, neighborhood management or city know of areas with poor pet pickup options to help create a safer place for you and your pup.
RESERVE A CANINE-FRIENDLY ROOM
Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so it might be the perfect opportunity to plan a romantic getaway you can even take your pet on. Whether you’re traveling 15 minutes or 50 miles away, you can have a lovely night with your significant other and your dog by opting for pet-friendly accommodations.
WATCH OUT FOR DEBRIS
In the middle of all your gift and candy giving, some wrapping might fall to the floor. To prevent a last-minute trip to the vet, be especially wary of dropped chocolates, liquor, flowers, thorns and gift-wrapping. Those small objects are filled with chemicals that can do a lot of damage to dogs. Some sweets have xylitol, which is a sweetener, and can cause hypoglycemia in pets. For more tips to prevent illnesses affecting your dog, visit the ASPCA website.
All in all, these tips, including your own possible planned excursions with your dog, can help you have a fun day celebrating your love with others and your pet.