Do You Buy Your Pet a Valentines Day Gift?

pet valentines
pet valentines

Do you celebrate Valentines day? Do you go all out and buy flowers, chocolate, go out (or stay in) for a romantic dinner? What about celebrating with your pet? Do you buy your pet a Valentines gift? For some pet owners this may sound kind of silly, but for others the answer is “of course!” According to Market Watch, people spent $1.7 billion on valentines for their pets in 2020! WOW that is a lot of love! The average pet owner spends $12.21 on their pets on this holiday.

The National Retail Foundation says that 1 in 4 pet owners will buy their pet a Valentines day gift. 2020 represented a 17% increase. With an increase in spending like that I am going to predict that we start seeing a lot more pet safe Valentines gifts. This is a very good thing,

A lot of people like to pick something up for their pet but that doesn’t mean that it is pet safe. There are a lot of Valentine themed gifts that are not ok for your pet. I am sure you can guess the big no-no….chocolate! DO NOT give your pet chocolate, even if it comes in a dog shaped box.

Some good Valentines gifts for your pets

  • Stuffed toys
  • Collar with hearts
  • Valentine themed pet treats
  • Valentine themed pet bowls
  • Heart shaped pet bed

We did a search for pet Valentine gifts and found some amazingly cute gifts. If you were not interested in giving your pet a Valentines gift you might change your mind when you see some of these cute items.

Pet Safety

With all holidays you need to make sure to take some safety precautions so your pets stay safe.

  • Keep chocolates out of reach
  • Remove thorns from roses
  • Do not give lilys as they are poisonous to cats
  • Do not leave candy wrappers around for your pets to chew on or play with
  • Do not share food

If you think your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have, contact your vet immediately.

Thanksgiving Leftovers and Your Dog

Albuquerque Pet Thanksgiving
Albuquerque Pet Thanksgiving

So you made it through Thanksgiving and now you have a fridge full of leftovers. We are proud of you for not sharing your holiday dinner with your dog but now you have all of those yummy leftovers that your dog definitely wants to eat. But you must hold strong and not share your food! Your Thanksgiving dinner was not good for your dog when it was fresh and it is still not good as a leftover. If you must share your food, make sure you follow this list of dog safe food.

Dog Safe Thanksgiving Foods

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are great for your dog. They have loads of good vitamins such as beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Give your dog some sweet potato, raw or cooked, but give it to them before you add any of your other ingredients like marshmallows, cherries, or sugar. Do not give them canned sweet potatoes, only fresh.

Turkey

Turkey is a great protein for your dog. It is lean and healthy and yummy! Your dog can eat both light and dark meat turkey. The most important thing is to make sure that there are no bones. Bones can splinter and cause intestinal obstruction or internal bleeding. Don’t give your dog the turkey skin either, it is too fatty and can cause stomach upset or issues with pancreatitis.

Green Beans

Does your family love the green bean casserole? Green beans are great for your dog. Your dog will prefer these raw then cooked, and only give her fresh or frozen green beans. Do not give your dog the green beans after they have been seasoned or added to the casserole. This is a perfect treat to give while you are cooking.

Carrots

Carrots are another great raw treat for your dog. Before you cook up your carrots, you can toss a few to your pup. They are loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin A and C, and fiber.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are a great food for dogs. Not only do they taste good but they are great for you. Make sure to only use fresh pumpkin. Do not use your jack-o-lantern or canned pumpkin pie. When you give your pup some pumpkin, it is best cooked. Roasted or boiled will work, and just strip it of seeds. Do not give it to your dog once you have added any spices to it.

Rolls and Bread

Bread is not good for your dog, but will not hurt your dog either. Feel free to share yummy rolls. Do not share dough. That can cause serious stomach upset.

Apples

Are you making an Apple pie for Thanksgiving? Dogs love apples. Give them a slice before you put it in your pie. Just like with pumpkin, give it to them without the spices.

If you are concerned your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t, is vomiting, has diarrhea, or is lethargic, call your vet immediately.

Remember to only give your dog these treats in moderation. Even good for you food can give you an upset stomach if you eat too much of it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! So our staff can enjoy the holiday we will be closed November 25-28th for the long weekend.