9 ways to enjoy valentine's day with your pet

It’s Wednesday so todays wellness post we are going to give you 9 ways you can enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your pet. From a nice homemade dinner to a playlist with all your favorite songs, don’t forget to show your pet just how much you love them by showering them with one of these 9 ideas. 

Enjoy Dinner for Two – Take the time to cook up a nice pet friendly homemade meal that you both can enjoy together. Not only does your pet deserve a delicious meal so do you! What says I love you more than a few pieces of meaty steak chunks for your furry friend?

 

Watch a Movie Together – Pick a good rom-com to watch on Valentine’s Day. Nothing is better than curling up on your couch in your jammies snuggled up to your sweet pet. Bonus if the movie includes a fluffy sidekick. 

Get Them a Box Full of Love – Gifting your pet with their favorite toys and treats is the perfect way to show them you love them. Be sure to get a few toys that you can play with too, like a ball for fetch or a laser for cat tag. Being able to interact with your pet makes it even more special. Be sure to check out our selection of toys and treats at Slobberbones Bakery & Market. Our crew is there to help pick out the best treats for your four-legged friend. 

 

Take a Bubble Bath – If your pup likes bath time, then Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give them that bubble bath that is long overdue. Getting your pet squeaky clean is also a bonus for you because a clean dog makes cuddle time that much better. 

Make a Love Jar – Every time you think of a reason you love your pet, write it down and put it in a jar. Then next Valentine’s Day, take them out and read them to your pet. Reading this a year later will make you fall in love with your pet all over again.

 

Give a Massage – Who doesn’t like a good old fashion massage? Give your pet a massage this Valentine’s Day. You can incorporate hand tools like a tennis ball to help alleviate stiffness or tension. 

 

Write a Love Letter – Getting your pet a Valentine’s Day card and writing a sweet love note to them. Getting all your feelings out on a blank page is invigorating, to say the least and we can’t think of anyone more deserving than your pet who loves you unconditionally. 

Make a Playlist – Everyone loves music, even our furry friends. Create a playlist that both you and your pet can enjoy. Play the list throughout the day and dance around and sing along. We are sure you will have your pup howling along in no time. 

  

Donate to Your Favorite Shelter or Rescue in Your Dog’s Name - Your pet already has the best gift…you. However, there are several cats and dogs that are still looking for their forever homes. This Valentine’s Day donate to your local shelter or rescue in your dog’s name. That’s a great way to gift not only yourself and your pet, but the pets in the shelter too!

We hope you and your pets have a wonderful day celebrating. Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel!


Resource: www.barkpost.com

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Wellness

Responsible pet owners month

February is designated Responsible Pet Owners month. We all would like to think that we are responsible pet owners but every now and then we might have a slip and possibly let one of our pet responsibilities fall off our plate. We hope that the list below will be helpful reminders of your pet parent duties. 

1. Make Them Part of the Family – Pets especially dogs, need companionship. They are traditionally pack creatures and need the warmth and love that comes with living indoors with their family. 

 

2. Pet Proof Your House – Much like you would for a small child, taking a scan of your house to make sure it is pet friendly should be something you do often. Research what household products and foods that can harm your pet and making sure they are securely put away and out of pet reach.

 

3. Care for Your Pet – Routine visits to the vet and groomer are necessary. Staying on top of your pet’s health is important. Making sure vaccines are always up to date as well as a simple checkup can help save your pets life. 

4. Spay and Neuter Your Pet – Studies have shown that pets who are spayed and neutered live healthier, longer lives. It is also said that spayed and neutered pets are less likely to develop behavior problems. 

 

5. Always Keep an ID Tag on Your Pet – Having your pet wear an ID Tag will be helpful in the event that your pet wonders from home. Having a phone number along with the pet’s name are vital information that should always be on your pet. Having your pet microchipped is another great way to help your pet return back to you safely. 

 

6. Train Your Pet to Understand Obedience – Teaching your dog basic commends like “sit” and “stay” are helpful direction ques that could save your pets life in an emergency situation. If your pet doesn’t know these commends yet, try teaching them by using treats.

7. Give Them the Exercise They Need – Just like humans, pets need regular exercise to stay fit. Most pets will act out if they aren’t given the proper outlet to release stored up energy. Taking your dog for daily walks or spending a little extra time playing with your cat can be the answer 

 

8. Feed Them Properly – Being knowledgeable on the type of food as well as the amount of food you are giving your pet is important. Keeping your pet on a regular, portion-controlled diet will help with weight management and also help to prevent weight related health problems.

 

9. Socialize Your Pet – Did you know that when your pet meets new people and pets it helps improve their confidence? Spending time at the dog park or scheduling a doggy playdate will be beneficial and helpful in socializing. 


10. Love Your Pet – We all know pets love unconditionally. You are their world and they crave your love, attention and care. Be sure you are mirroring that love and show them the love and attention they deserve. 

 Happy Responsible Pet Owners Month from all of us here at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel.


*Resource: www.petsafe.net 

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Wellness

Change a pet's life day

Thursday, January 24th is Change a Pet’s Life Day and in honor of this pet holiday we are going to give you a list of ways you can change a pet’s life. These simple changes can go a long way with your pet not only with their health but their happiness too! So, remember these ideas tomorrow and help change your pet’s life.

1. Longer Walks – Do you take your pup for a walk when you get home from work or running errands? Extending your walk is not only beneficial for your dog but also you! Take advantage of that extra time and use it for bonding with your furry friend. 


2. Change Your Pets Food – Have you taken a peek at your pet food ingredients? Changing up your pet’s food is a simple change that could ultimately change your pet’s life. If you are in the market for a healthier food option for your pet, things that should be at the top of the ingredient list include: animal protein, whole vegetables and fruits. At Slobberbones Bakery & Market we offer several healthy food options for both cats and dogs. Be sure to take a look at our selections at pick up or drop off. We are sure to have something that will benefit your pet’s overall health and craving. 

3. Send to Doggy Daycare – Do you feel guilty leaving your dog at home while you are at work? Well why not sign them up and send them to doggy daycare at The Ark. You can drop your pup off on your way to work for a full day of fun! While you work, your little buddy will be having a blast playing, running, jumping, and sometimes even swimming, leave them relaxed and ready to spend a calm evening at home with you. In addition, they will make many new friends in “free play” who they will love to see again and again. 


4. Try CBD – Does your pet get anxious when you are away? Or, if you have an older dog, does that dog have arthritis or joint pain? Trying CBD could help ease anxiety and pain from arthritis and joint pain. At Slobberbones Bakery & Market we have a selection of CBD products that might be of help to your pet. From treats to oils, even drops Slobberbones has what you need. Stop by any of the Ark locations and let our crew help you decided what would be best for your furry friend.

5. Introduce New Toy – We are sure your pet has several toys to play with but sometimes introducing a new toy to the mix is just what your pet needs. A new toy can help them stay happy in engaged throughout the day which in return can help change their life.


6. Try a Groom – Who doesn’t like getting pampered? Scheduling a groom is perfect for any dog. Even if your dog isn’t the breed who needs a haircut, a bath is always an option. A good smelling pet is a happy pet! The Ark offers several grooming packages to choose from. Whether your lovely companion needs an all over “hairdo” or just a bath and brush, or maybe just a PAW-dicure The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel has you covered. 

7. Extra Cuddle Time – Did you know that cuddling with your pet releases chemicals that make them feel good? Cuddling also help pets get warmth and to bond with their owners. It is said that cuddling goes back to earlier times when pets needed body heat to keep warm. They kept warm with each other and with other humans. Thus, proving that pet’s cuddling is not only beneficial for the pet but also for humans as well. So, snuggle up a bit longer with your furry companion. 


8. Treat Your Pet – Are you a pet owner that keeps pet treats on hand at all times? If you are not one of those owners, then maybe it’s a great idea to introduce treats into your daily routine. Most treats offer some kind of health benefit such as daily vitamins that you might be unaware your pet isn’t receiving. So, go out and stock up on a few different treat options and start changing your pet’s life one treat at a time. Be sure to check out our dog and cat treat selection the next time you visit The Ark.  

9. Yearly Check Up – Just like humans, pets need routine checkups. If your pet hasn’t had a recent checkup with their veterinarian, tomorrow is the perfect day to schedule an appointment. Staying up to date with your pets’ vaccines and an all over health is an easy way to change a pet’s life. 


10. Adopt – Have you had the thought of adding and additional pet into your house hold? Adopting a new pet is the ultimate way to change a pet’s life. Check out your local shelters adoption programs and be sure to do your research. McKamey Animal Center is always having fun adoption events and specials. Click Here to find more information on McKamey Animal Center and their adoption program.  

There are so many ways that you can change a pet’s life. These 10 easy changes are simple to implement and for the most part won’t break the bank. Be sure to check out www.thearkspa.com for more information on our doggy daycare and grooming services. And be sure to check out all of our food, treat and pet toys that we offer at Slobberbones Bakery & Market. Be sure to celebrate Change a Pet’s Life Day tomorrow. Happy Change a Pet’s Life Day from all of us here at The Ark Pet Spa & Hotel.

Posted by Ark Crew  | Category: Pet Wellness

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