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5 Ways to Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day

Like you, I love my pets THIS MUCH (read arms stretched wide). But loving our critters is more than giving kisses, hugs and tummy rubs. It’s also about doing right by them when it comes to their health, happiness and wellbeing.

On National Love Your Pet Day (February 20th), I teamed up with Fetch! Pet Care to help you “paws” to reflect on five ways to adore your pet even more.

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Walk and Play

Nothing says love like spending time with your pet to ensure they get exercise, attention and mental stimulation. Daily activity is good for your pet’s body, brain and it even promotes good behavior. So dedicate time every day to walk or play fetch with the family pooch. And remember, felines need fun, too! Engage kitty in playtime that taps into her inner tiger!

Stay on Schedule

Routine veterinary check-ups and preventative care are essential to your pet’s health. However, our lives are so busy these days that it can be easy to postpone making these appointments. So, demonstrate your love by scheduling Fido or Fluffy’s yearly veterinary wellness visits now. Once they’re on your calendar, you’ll be more likely to keep them. Also, know the facts about pet insurance to protect your pocketbook from unexpected veterinary bills. That way your pet can have the best care available, regardless of your budget.

Create Cuddle Time

This is my favorite way to love my pets! Promise to set aside pet bonding time every day. The benefits of petting and playing with your pet are well documented. Just 10 minutes a day can go a long way toward strengthening the relationship with your pet. In addition, studies have shown that petting a dog or cat lowers stress, improves heart health and elevates one’s mood. Everybody wins!

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Monitor Meals

Feeding your pet at regular times will help him or her better metabolize meals and maintain good energy. Keeping food amounts the same each day are also important to control weight. To stay on track, determine which family member(s) will be responsible for feeding the pet in the morning and evening. If you put a child in charge, make sure that they are old enough to understand the importance of this chore and do it consistently.

Paw It Forward

One of the best ways you can show your love for your pet is to spread it around to others. There are millions of wonderful animals waiting for their forever homes in shelters and rescues around the country. So why not volunteer at a shelter walking dogs or spending quality time with cats? If you’re short on time, you can support an event or make a donation to a rescue or animal charity like the BISSELL Pet Foundation instead. And of course, the ultimate way to “share the love” is by adopting or fostering another pet in need.

For more ways to live healthier and happier with your pet, be sure to check out the Fetch! Pet Care blog.

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Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert and influencer with over 30 years of experience in the industry. She's helped millions of pet parents provide the best care at every stage of their pet’s life.

Her blog, Pet Living with Kristen Levine has been featured in Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, New York Times, USA Today, and more.

She's also the founder of FWV Fetching, the first marketing agency exclusively serving pet and animal health companies.

Her early work with the SPCA led her to a lifelong career in the pet industry, advocating for pet adoption and rescue as well as for pets and their parents here on her blog and in the media.

She’s frequently booked on satellite media tours and national shows, like FOX & Friends, Good Morning America, and Daytime, to talk about pet trends and new products.

Insanely passionate about pets since she was a little girl, Kristen has had more than 30 pets in her lifetime — including dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, a horse, a gerbil, mice, and chickens!

Today she lives in Florida with her dog Tulip, cat Olivia, and husband Paul.

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