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Love Your Pet Day is coming up February 20th. That special bond that forms between people and their pets is a truly beautiful thing, and is definitely something to celebrate. Of course, Fido and Fluffy can also be wonderful friends and companions to children. They can teach your little ones about responsibility, love, and empathy. Plus, they make great playmates and cuddle buddies. Why not have the kids make something for their furry pal? A Cornelius, NC vet lists some possibilities below.
Toys provide both enrichment and stimulation for our four-legged friends. You can make a rope toy for Fido by cutting a tee-shirt into strips and braiding those strips together. Then, braid those braids together. When it’s the size you want, tie it off with a big knot. Done!
One thing that all of our patients appreciate is a good bed. For cats and smaller dogs, you can upcycle a wicker basket, hard-shell suitcase, or hat box. Add a coat of nontoxic paint or varnish, and then put soft pillows or blankets inside. For a larger pup, you can turn over a table or coffee table with legs, and use that as a frame.
Speaking of painting, one option would be to have the kids decorate a jar or bowl for your pet’s food or treats. They could also dress up a box or storage tote for Fido and Fluffy’s clothes or toys.
Another cute project for kids would to be to create some art about their furry friend. They can draw a picture, write a story or poem, or just take some cute pictures and make a collage. This project may end up becoming a cherished keepsake!
Another option is to make some homemade goodies for Fluffy or Fido. Use only safe ingredients, such as chopped, minced, or shredded meat, fish, or poultry; plain yogurt; sodium-free broth; organic baby food; egg; and wheat germ oil.
Here’s one that both dogs and cats may enjoy: combine some canned tuna with plain, fat-free yogurt and a little parsley. You can also add an egg. Divide into small portions and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Add more time for crunchier treats.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Cornelius, NC veterinary clinic, we are here to help!