Hands up if you love your pet… Of course you do!
Let’s be honest, when it comes to Valentines Day there’s two types of people in the world. There’s those that revel in the romance and the rest of us that spend 24 hours avoiding all forms of social media! Hang fire though, there’s a really good reason that we should all be feeling the love this February. An important is event just around the corner…
Saturday 20th February is National Love Your Pet Day!
Now that’s one we can all get on board with! The truth is, we don’t really need an excuse to appreciate our pets… but it’s still nice to have one!
Love Your Pet – The Benefits
Fur, feathers, fluff or fins, here in the UK we love our animals! Did you know a staggering 51% of us own at least one pet? That’s around 10.9 million cats, 10.1 million dogs and 1 million rabbits!
What makes our pets such an important part of our lives? That’s an easy one! Research has shown that there’s a whole host of benefits, regardless of the animal you choose. Don’t just take our word for it, here’s what our nation of pet lovers have said:
94% of owners said that their pet makes them happy.
86% of owners said that their pet improves their mental health.
84% of owners said that their pet makes them feel less lonely.
Showing You Love Your Pet
There’s no denying that just by being a part of our lives our pets do so much for our mental, emotional and physical well being. As owners it’s our responsibility to do our very best to keep them happy and healthy in return. So, we’ve been having a think about what we can do to keep them in top condition. Take a look at our tips.
Just like us, our pets love a treat! While we all want to choose healthy options, this isn’t just about the nutritional benefits. Treats are a type of positive reinforcement. Put simply, adding something nice to reward something good. Whether you’re doing this for great behaviour, training or just feeling generous, it’s a really important activity. Here’s a few options we know they’ll love!
Spillers Horse Treats
Pedigree Rodeo & Duo
Go-Cat Crunchy & Tender
Pet Toys & Entertainment
Months in lockdown means we’re all far too familiar with feeling a little bored! If we’re being honest, it’s not very nice. With this in mind, it’s important we remember that our pets need lots of mental and physical stimulation to stay healthy. Whether you’ve got a dog, cat, horse or rabbit toys are a great way to do this. A type of enrichment, you should be looking for options that are engaging, challenging and where possible social! Whether you choose to make or buy a toy, there’s lots of options to keep them on their ‘toes’. Take a look at our favourites:
Likit Boredom Breaker
Petface Ball Launcher
Seriously Strong Bone
Ok, so this is more applicable to some animals than others but pets like horses, rabbits, hamsters and dogs all need lots of exercise! Very few animals are designed to spend long periods of time doing nothing. In most cases, the ideal is to allow lots of outside play time alone or with appropriate company. But it’s not always realistic. As owners, that’s where we come in! Even just an hour a day of activities like riding, walking and fetch can make a real difference to their health and happiness. Here’s some accessories to help you on your way!
Vogue Headcollar Set
Drover Polo Collar
Barbour Dog Harness
No one wants a mucky puppy (or any other animal for that matter) but grooming is about so much more than cleanliness! It’s a great chance to:
- Reduce odours & remove dirt.
- Improve circulation.
- Bond & Socialise.
- Check for abnormalities.
- Improve coat health.
Not to mention the benefits for us! Just ten minutes a day of quiet time with our pets can have a really positive impact on our mental health. Check out some of our most popular grooming tools.
MagicBrush 3 Pack
Double Sided Brush
Dirty Beastie Shampoo
We hope you and your pets have a fantastic National Love Your Pet Day filled with fun and friendship! You can shop our full range of products at Naylors.com or why not visit one of our stores?