s your valentine handsome, athletic, with big brown eyes, and LOVES long walks on the beach? Mine too; it’s my dog! Millions of dollars each year are spent on pets for this loving holiday. And why not? 85% of pet owners say their best friends give them unconditional love that they don’t get anywhere else.

Here are a few ideas to share this holiday with your pet.

  • Get some exercise! Explore a new neighborhood or take a hike, it’s not only healthy it’s also a great way to bond.
  • How about a new toy? Consider a toy that will give them hours of fun; like a Buster Cube or a Kong.
  • Learn some new tricks! Training a dog or cat with treats is relatively easy. Make it fun. If your pet isn’t much into training, set aside a special playtime and spend some quality time together.
  • Snuggle on the sofa while watching your favorite movie, maybe The Aristocats, Lassie, or The Adventures of Milo and Otis!
  • Whip up a batch of homemade treats; they are easy and fun to make.
  • Give them a massage; most pets love them.
  • Do your buddy a favor and learn pet CPR.
  • Donate to your local shelter in your pet’s name.

On the flip side, Valentine’s Day can be a hazard for your pets. Keep them away from these items.

  • Chocolate and cocoa are poisonous to many animals. If you receive them as a gift keep them locked away.
  • Many candies are also unsafe, especially sugar-free candy and gum. They contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to pets.
  • Did you get some flowers? Keep them away too, they can have fertilizers and insecticides on them. Some plants and flowers are toxic while others, like roses with thorns, could injure them.

Now you’re all set to have a doggone good Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Pet Safety Tips from the ASPCA