You can keep your pet's body in tip-top shape, but what good is that if they never have any fun? That's where the little extras come in. There are lots of ways to show your pet you care about them and keep them happy. Don't just get healthy, get happy too and be sure to have some fun everyday!
Playtime and Toys
One of the easiest ways to play with your pet is with toys. My dog, Shiner, loves playing with her toys and she has a few favorites. She has an interactive puzzle feeder toy that stimulates her mind. She also has lots of chew toys which are great for her teeth and give her physical stimulation.
Shiner's not so great at fetch, because she never returns her toys but she sure does enjoy chasing after a tennis ball. Playing fetch with your dog is great exercise - for both of you.
|Tennis balls are fun!|
Dogs aren't the only ones that like to play. Cats enjoy playtime too and you should try stimulating their predatory instincts with things like toy mice and feather wand toys. You should try to schedule playtime with your cat a couple of times a day.
You should always avoid toys that have small parts that could be easily swallowed and monitor your pet when they are playing with their toys. Toys that squeak or make noise are great for mental stimulation. Rotating your pet's toys is a good way to keep them from becoming bored of them easily.
Treats are an easy, tasty, and fun way to reinforce good behavior with your pet during training sessions. Who doesn't enjoy a tasty treat every now and then, right? Hill's Science Diet offers a variety of cat treats and dog treats that feature balanced nutrition so pet parents can feel good about feeding the to their pets.
|Are you sure I'm not a cat?|
Shiner's personal favorite are Hill's Science Diet Jerky Strips. Don't worry kitties, they've got treats for you too. Although Shiner has never personally tasted them, she thinks these Hill's Science Diet Crunchy Creations Grain Free with Chicken cat treats look pretty scrumptious.
Proper grooming and care for your pet's skin and coat is essential. Did you know that your pet's skin is the largest organ of their body? And all that fur growing from your pet's skin needs to be brushed on a regular basis to keep it clean and free of tangles.
|Bear is a family Sheltie and requires lots of grooming - look at all that fur!|
Shiner is a short haired dog, so maintenance of her fur is very easy. For dogs and cats with long fur (like Bear, pictured above), daily brushing will help keep it clean and reduce hairballs. For easier grooming sessions later on in life, start brushing your pet at a young age when possible to help them become used to the process.
Other Little Extras
Collars are a nice way to keep your pet looking dapper but they are also good at keeping them safe. Shiner wears a collar with her name, address, and phone number on it. If she ever became lost, it would help with me finding her again.
|One of Shiner's fancy collars.|
Another way to have happy pets is by providing them with a comfortable place to sleep. Just like sleep is important for you and I, it's also important for our pets. While Shiner typically enjoys sleeping anywhere but her dog bed, she does use it occasionally. If you have a dog that is likely to chew through bedding, make sure you choose something that is durable enough to stand up to it.
And for our feline friends, a cat tower is a perfect way to provide your cat with a high vantage point. Most cats enjoy being able to survey their territory and are able to do this easily in high places.
Little Extras Giveaway from Hill's Science Diet
To keep your dog or cat healthy AND happy, Hill's is kindly providing a giveaway for our readers. TWO readers will win a dog OR cat "Little Extras Bundle". Here is what's included in the prize packages:
- Laser pointer toy
- Stainless steel cat bowl
- 8 micro cans of Hill's Science Diet Grain Free entrees
- Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag
- Stainless steel dog bowl
- Hill's Science Diet Dental Chews
- A bag of Hill's Science Diet dog treats
- Healthier Pets, Happier Lives tote bag
This giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends October 1st at midnight CST. To enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
And if you haven't entered the Hill's giveaway for $100 towards your pet's next vet check-up, just click here. They are giving away $100 everyday for 90 days.
This post is sponsored by Hill’s and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Science Diet #GetHealthyHappy Campaign, but Pawsitively Pets only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.