The week of June 7 through 13 is Pet Appreciation Week, and at Urgent Pet Care Omaha, we are thrilled to celebrate all things furry, feathered, and scaly. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to celebrate our loving, precious pets all week long? After all, they are the most unwavering source of loyalty in our lives. While we are always dedicated to your pet’s health and wellness, we recommend taking time to indulge your furry family this week. Read on for some fun ways to show your pet the love. 

Treat your friend

Does your pet perk up at the word “treat,” or come running at the slightest shake of the cookie box? If food is the way to your pet’s heart, try mixing up the treat routine by supporting a local pet treat shop. Butcher’s Block Pet Treats or Porter’s Pup Treats have delectable, homemade options your furry friends are sure to enjoy. You can also find pet-approved frozen treats at many grocery stores. If your bird, or bearded dragon, enjoys a favorite fruit, treat them to a few small pieces to make their day special.

Or, consider making your own healthy, refreshing goody for a hot Omaha day. Try this watermelon and yogurt recipe from Baking Mischief, or this easy, 3-ingredient recipe for frozen dog treats from Damn Delicious. Remember, however, that too much of a good thing can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or obesity, so keep indulgent treats to a minimum. If your pet does overindulge and end up with gastrointestinal upset, contact our veterinary team for guidance. 

Pamper your pooch

Did someone say, “Spa day?” A visit to your favorite groomer can help your pet refresh and rejuvenate. Whether your pet is overdue for a haircut, or simply needs a soothing bath and a toenail trim, make an appointment at The Paw Spa, or Michele’s Pet Spa. Does your pet resist going to the groomer? Try Jillian’s Mobile Pet Spa for a revitalizing experience right outside your home. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also create a spa experience for your pet at home. Draw a warm bath and lather your pet’s fur with soothing oatmeal shampoo—they’re sure to love the extra attention.  

Shower your pet with gifts and play

If gifts are your pet’s love language, why not bring your pet on a shopping spree? Go virtual and support a local business by spoiling your pet with some goodies from The Green Spot, Pets Earth, or Long Dog Fat Cat in Omaha. Choose products that tickle all the senses, such as squeaky toys, puzzle feeders, or a game that gets your pet moving such as a Chuckit!®, frisbee, or laser pointer. Don’t leave out feathered and scaly pets—your pet bird will love a new perch or toy, and your snake or lizard might enjoy a new hiding spot or fresh plants in their cage. The possibilities are endless when choosing pet toys, but your pet’s favorite part of play is the time spent with you. Ensure you dedicate distraction-free time each day to play with your pet, for an ultimate bonding experience. Your pet will not only appreciate your time and attention, but their brain will thank you for the mental stimulation. 

Choose your own adventure

Nothing says you care like taking your pet on a new adventure. Whether it’s a simple drive to nowhere, a play date at Heflinger park, or exploring Nebraska’s lakes and natural wonders, your pet will enjoy a new experience with their favorite friend. Ensure that you prepare ahead for your adventure by checking park rules regarding pets, and packing plenty of supplies, including water, food, medications, a first aid kit, and an extra leash. Also, ensure your pet’s identification tags and microchip information are up-to-date before heading out. 

Check the veterinary records

While keeping their veterinary care up-to-date may not seem especially exciting to your pet, that is one of the best ways to show that you care. According to current recommendations, every household pet should have at least one or two physical examinations every year, depending on their age and health status. In addition, dogs and cats should receive yearly screening tests for heartworm and tick-borne diseases (for dogs), routine vaccinations, and year-round prevention for fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. More screening tests may be recommended for older pets, and those with underlying health conditions. Exotic pets need regular veterinary care, also, and can live longer, healthier lives with routine examinations and preventive care. Time spent investing in your pet’s health now means you can enjoy many more Pet Appreciation Week activities for years to come.

Contact Urgent Pet Care Omaha, or your family veterinarian, if your pet needs help after an adventure mishap, or too many treats.