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10 Ways To Express Gratitude For Your Pet At Thanksgiving (and everyday)

image of cute dog with floppy ears sitting behind a row of lit candles and the word thankful in front of the candles

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. For many of us, it is a time to appreciate the beings that enrich our lives. This Thanksgiving, we encourage pet parents to put the gratitude expressed for their fur babies into action. Here are 10 ways to actively give thanks:

Find a New Walking Route

Offering a new place to explore can be mentally and emotionally stimulating for your dog. It can also help you stay more present on the walk. Perhaps try a new neighborhood or park. For more walking tips, click here.

Arrange a Play Date

Is your dog social? Do they have a favorite pooch (or maybe a kitty) they like to pal around with? What a great opportunity to create a special day of play. Contact the pet’s human and together make a list of activities your pets can do together – like tug of war, turns on an agility course, or a game of chase! If your pets are feeling mellow, maybe just a fancy snack time, picnic blanket and all. The goal is, of course, for them to have fun and companionship.

Offer Some Silver Vine to Your Cat

It is estimated that only 50% of cats respond to catnip. What to do if you wish to provide that euphoric feeling for your cat? The answer – try silver vine! This climbing plant, found in the mountainous regions of China and Japan, is also known as Matatabi. Silver vine, which contains an extra attractant for cats, gets its name from the beautiful silver-white leaves and flowers that blossom off of the fast-growing vine. The best part – nearly 80% of cats react to it. Cats that respond to catnip also tend to love it! Our favorite silver vine is carried by Dezi and Roo.

A Homemade Thanksgiving Dinner!

Cooking for your pet can be joyful, satisfying and easier than you may think. Saying thank you with a nutritious and delicious meal, cooked with an extra dash of love, can feel like a warm embrace. Here are Thanksgiving Dinner recipes for both dogs and cats.

Extra-Long Play Session

Imagine being home all day with no stimulation. For many pets, this is reality. That’s why it’s so important to play with our cats and dogs upon returning from work or school. Not only does playtime provide a whole lot of fun and exercise, but it’s also a way to strengthen the bond between us and them. Do your best to schedule fun time daily. Perhaps start the new routine with an extra-long, extra-active play session!! Play until your pet wants to stop. You will both feel great!!

Go For a Ride In The Car

If your dog gets excited every time you ask, who wants to go for a ride in the car, then the reason why we included this suggestion is evident. With that said, take your pup on a new adventure! Something with a view –an active city, nature-filled rural area, or even by a beach. Fresh air feels good!

Read to Your Pet

The sound of your voice can be so reassuring, especially to an anxious, ill, or injured pet. Reading is also a soothing way to help a new pet get used to being near you, without all of the attention being on them. Many rescued cats immediately retreat under the bed of their new forever home. By reading to them each day, they begin to feel comfortable – and a bit curious. Once they do emerge from their ‘hiding’ spot, keep reading to them. It can help them continue to feel safe in their new space. You also benefit. Reading aloud can be calming and reduce stress. Kids can benefit from reading to pets, as well. Because the experience is mutually beneficial for kids and pets, many shelters across the country have instituted programs encouraging this interaction. Contact shelters in your area to learn more.

Give Your Fur Baby a Massage

One of the best ways to help prevent sore muscles and achy joints is by offering your pet a daily massage. This is true for dogs and cats of all ages. This quiet, tranquil time also helps you become more in tune with how your pet’s body feels and more sensitive to changes that can arise. Massage also helps strengthen the bond between you. Bonus: Massage Treatibles Topical Cream into paw pads and earflaps for extra calm.

Click here for dog massage techniques

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Schedule a Wellness Exam

While this may not be your pet’s idea of a gift, a yearly physical is important. Unfortunately, more than half of cats and nearly a quarter of dogs only visit a veterinarian when suffering from a health issue. A great benefit to an annual exam is health conditions can be caught early and managed more easily. This can save pets from unnecessary discomfort and money for you!

What to expect: The veterinarian will check your pet’s eyes, ears, mouth, nose and vital signs, as well as feel for any abnormalities in various organs. Some exams include a urinalysis. For senior pets, blood work is also important. In addition, vaccines may be given. Work with your vet to establish a personalized schedule based on your pet’s specific needs. Many vaccines provide extended immunity and are not needed annually.

Proactively Ease Anxiety, Discomfort and More By Providing Treatibles

We have Organic Full Spectrum Hemp CBD products for every preference – Hard Chews for crunchers, Soft Chewables for chewers, Oils and Capsules for those who prefer pure oil, a Topical with fast-absorption for those who like the hands-on approach and Extra Strength CBD Chews, Chewables and Oils for pets that need more! Having a variety of Treatibles products on hand helps keep your pet excited about taking their CBD regimen!

Bonus: check out our new CBD-Free line – Happy Joints Mobility Pill Wrap Chewables for dogs and cats and Happy Tummy Probiotic Soft Chewables for dogs.

From the Treatibles family to yours – Happy Thanksgiving!

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