We love our pets. They show us unconditional devotion. They don’t judge. They’re always there for us.
In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, having a pet can decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol and make it possible for us to socialize more. Some even save our lives, in more ways than one.
Which is why in 1981 the American Veterinary Medical Association created Pet Appreciation Week the first full week in June. This year it’s June 3-9.
To celebrate, you can show your pet you appreciate him/her in a variety of ways.
If you’re a dog owner who’s handy in the kitchen, bake up some homemade treats. There’s a plethora of recipes online. Then, take your dog for a walk to walk off those treats. Better yet, take him to the dog park. If you’re lucky enough to live near a beach, head out, or find a new route. He will love you for it (even more than he already does.)
Spend some extra time playing with your dog. Fetch is an age-old favorite and doesn’t require much movement on your part.
Cats like one-on-one, too, so if you’re the lucky owner of a feline fur baby, show your love with a fun laser pointer session.
Is Fluffy or Fido’s favorite toy in shreds? Has their bed seen better days? Now is the perfect time to buy a new one. Most dogs and cats love massages, or brushing, or a nice belly rub.
Cats and dogs aren’t the only pets that deserve our appreciation. Make your fish happy by cleaning the tank; give your gecko or your cockatiel an extra treat. Give your horse a good brushing, take him/her for a leisurely ride, and give some extra apple slices or carrots.