Valentine’s Day Gifts for your Pooch
By Amber Keiper and Monica Reyes
This Friday, February 14th is Valentine’s Day and who better to honor on this day than our beloved pets? If you’re thinking of what to get your dog for Valentine’s Day, here is a list of things that are sure to bring a smile to your raw-fed pooch:
Some dogs love plush toys, other love balls. My havanese mix, Chewy loves his collar. In fact, he gets super excited whenever I remove his collar and will nudge me to put it back on immediately. Naturally, dog collars are a big deal for him so getting a new one is a major event for my little guy.
Dog collars come in all shapes and sizes. Find one that is snug enough around your pet’s neck that it won’t slip off over their head but that is still loose enough for you to be able to comfortably fit two fingers underneath it. Leather collars are durable and give your pet an elegant look. Other materials used to make dog collars include nylon, hemp - even recycled materials like plastic bottles or bicycle tires.
And for those that love their gadgets, there are even attachments that allow your dog to send a Twitter tweet or give you an in-depth look at what your dog is up to while you’re away with a dog collar camera with night vision!
For crafty dog moms and dads that would rather make something from the heart, how about making your pooch a homemade dog toy? Aimee from IrresistiblePets.net shows you how to make a rope toy out of old t-shirts in under 15 minutes.
Of course every good dog deserves a treat, right? And with the current threat of contaminated pet treats still being investigated by the FDA, it’s more important than ever for pet parents to choose safe, natural, USA-made treats for their loyal companions.
We recommend feeding BARF dogs raw, freeze-dried livers that are made and sourced in the United States and that contain only a single ingredient - like those made by Etta Says! These are available on our website, www.barfworld.com.
Another great raw-diet-friendly treat for your dog that also acts as a wonderful teeth cleaner and breath freshener are elk antler chews. These chews are much safer than synthetic nylon chews and rawhides which are often made in China and contain artificial ingredients.
Also, all antler chews are NOT created equal: deer antler is dangerous for pets as they are extremely tough (similar to a jawbreaker) which can cause teeth to break. Stick with elk antler and, for young puppies and older pets with delicate teeth, give a split antler - one that has been cut in half - to prevent dental damage.
While any one of these gift ideas is sure to please your pooch, there are of course so many more things that you can do to show your dog how much you love them. Take them out for a long walk, go to their favorite park, pamper them with extra hugs, kisses, and belly rubs.
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Amber Keiper is the Marketing Coordinator and Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is “mom” to two animal rescues - a spoiled Havanese mix named Chewy and a sassy tabby mix named Chiquita. For more holistic pet health, nutrition and wellness tips, go to barfworld.com or sign up for the FREE weekly newsletter, The Intelligent Pet.
Monica Reyes is a Raw Pet Food Specialist for BARF World Inc. She is a full-time student and working mom to a young toddler, a terrier mix named Mookie and a tabby cat named Phillip. Monica enjoys healthy home cooking and spending quality time with her family. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
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