Give a Little Love to Your Furry Companion for Valentine's Day

Give a Little Love to Your Furry Companion for Valentine’s Day

February 17, 2022

When we think about Valentine’s Day, we typically think of giving gifts to our human companions, but you don’t just have to show affection towards your spouse or partner on February 14th—your pets could use some love, too.

This post will give you some ideas on how to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a dog.

How many pets get gifts on Valentine’s Day?

According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), pet owners will spend nearly $1.9 billion on their pets this Valentine’s Day. In 2020, the NRF found that 27 percent of everyone celebrating Valentine’s Day also planned on spending money on giving gifts to their pets.

That number was up from 17 percent in 2010, so you can only imagine that a higher percentage of us will be out buying more than just chocolates, flowers and jewelry for our human companions.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a dog?

Your dog doesn’t know the date on the calendar, but they’re sure to enjoy getting some extra love on February 14th. Here are some ideas on how you can spoil your furry friend this year:

  • Tasty treats: Nothing gets dogs more excited than some new treats, and there are certainly plenty of products out there to choose from. Look for treats made with all-natural ingredients to ensure they won’t upset your dog’s stomach. Better yet—find a treat that cleans their teeth gums while they eat.
  • New toys: Getting a new toy is always an exciting time for your dog. This Valentine’s Day, find a fun squeaker toy or chew toy that your dog will love playing with. They’re sure to love the toy even more if you spend time playing with them after you give them the gift.
  • Playdates: Most dogs love interacting with other pets. If you have a friend with a dog, invite them over for a playdate. This will give your pup the chance to get out tons of energy and have a blast while doing it.
  • Spa day: We’re willing to bet your dog loves spending a relaxing day at the spa just as much as you do. Pet-friendly spas pamper your pets and help them relax while making sure they get the grooming they need to be as healthy as possible.
  • Themed photoshoot: This gift might not be so much for your pet as it is for you, but consider upgrading from taking selfies with your dog to getting a professional photoshoot. You can dress up in fun, matching outfits with your dog for the shoot and keep your pictures for a lifetime of fun memories.

Get your pet groomed at St. Francisville Animal Hospital

If you’re getting a photoshoot with your dog or you just want to ensure they look and feel their best, bring them to our team at St. Francisville Animal Hospital for professional grooming. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about how many pets get gifts on Valentine’s and what you can do to celebrate.

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