It is safe to say that most pet parents recognise their furry loved one astheir very best friend. Whether it’s your cat, bird, rabbit or dog,International Day of Friendship on July 30 is a great excuse to celebrate yourfriendship by making those special moments together last a little longer.

It can be hard to find new and exciting activities to do with your pet thatare outside of the ordinary – so why not make the ordinary extraordinary!PETstock has compiled some tips so you and your furry friend can make the mostof your day of friendship.

Longer naps and cuddles

It can be hard to say no to a sleep-in, particularly on cold, rainy days.Enjoying a lazy morning together is a great way to spend quality time withyour pet. According to PETstock VET Dr Hay Chung, paying attention to animalssuch as dogs improves their developmental and social skills, as well as theirgeneral health and mental wellbeing. “Positive interaction such as cuddlingyour pet helps strengthen the bond between you and build the relationship,”she says.

Extra playtime

“Playing with your pet helps maintain their physical health and reduces therisk of them developing behavioural issues, such as chewing, barking ordigging,” says Dr Chung. Think how much they’d love an extra 15 minutes ofplaytime! As well as benefiting their physical health, introducing toys intoplaytime provides mental stimulation for your pet. Playing hide and seek withyour cat, taking your dog to the park, or letting your rabbit have a runaround your home is a great way to spend quality time together as well asgetting them to exert energy.

a treat

Enjoying a treat can be both delicious and nutritious for your pet. Givingyour dog an uncooked bone as an after-dinner treat will keep their gums andteeth healthy, while you can indulge in your favourite ice-cream. Uncookedbones will keep your pet happy for hours while also providing them with thenecessary minerals and nutrients they need for good digestive health.

Go Shopping!

What better way to recognise your friendship than buying your furry friend agift? Buying your pet a new toy, accessory or outfit would be a great way tosymbolise your friendship. It’s a win-win – you get the chance to go shoppingand your pet can add to their toy collection or wardrobe.

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