Got a pet you want to pamper? There’s no time better than National Pet Week to show your pets how much you love them. It’s always the first full week in May, and it is dedicated to celebrating the more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives.
Sure, you can give them a few treats or an extra cuddle. But if you really love your pet, and really want to go the extra mile to show them, we’re here to help.
Here are the best ways to show your pets that you love them.
1.) Take Them on a Trip
If you’re a dog lover who loves to travel, planning a vacay can be ruff – who’s going to watch the pup? How much will it cost? Will they have fun or be missing you the entire time? Thankfully, BringFido is here to help.
BringFido is a traveling dog lover’s dream. With over 200,000 listings, it shows you where you can stay, play, and eat with your dog. In addition to dog-friendly hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and stores, it also lets you search for vets, pet stores, and dog groomers should you need their services while on the road.
Want a sneak peek?
Top 5 Favorite Dog-Friendly Restaurants Across the US:
- The Dog Bar, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Forge in the Forest, Carmel, California
- d.b.a, New York, New York
- Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden, Austin, Texas
- The Shed Garden Cafe, Portland, Oregon
Consider trying one of these great places to celebrate National Pet Week.Learn More About BringFido
2.) Give Them Something to Chew On
Some dogs love to chew, and some don’t. If your pup isn’t a chewer, we’re jealous (both of you and your intact shoe collection). If your dog is the type to destroy anything that comes in his or her path, you know how hard finding a good chew toy can be — especially one that will last more than a few bites and won’t leave your home with stuffing or plastic all over the place!
Thankfully, Super Chewer has done the research for you and makes playtime last longer with durable toys and American-made treats and chews. This subscription service has three lines available: small dogs (<20 lbs), medium dogs (20-50 lbs), and large dogs (50+ lbs).
Each box comes with two tough toys (fluff-free and designed by an in-house team of industrial toy designers), two full bags of treats (always made in the USA or Canada), and two 100% natural meaty chews. Shipping is fast and free inside the contiguous 48 United States. Finally, if you ever have any questions or feedback, the team in Columbus, Ohio, is available for you 24/7.
Got a pup with allergies? Not a problem! Allergy-friendly boxes are available and exclude treats or chews containing beef, chicken, and turkey. If a dog has additional allergies, the customer service team is happy to work with the customer to curate a box appropriate for the dog’s dietary restrictions.
We don’t know who will love this collection more: you or your pup!Get 50% Off Your First Box!
3.) Give Them Food They’ll Love
You may have heard the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. While this may be true for some, it’s certainly true for pretty much all dogs. Feed a pooch well, and he’ll love you forever!
If you and your pet haven’t discovered NomNomNow yet, check it out. It’s a dog and cat food subscription service that creates a customized meal plan for your pets based on age, weight, activity level, potential health issues, and more.
Not only will your dog and cat get meal plans customized for them, but you’ll also enjoy the added benefit of pet food delivered straight to your door! Meals are fresh and individually portioned and guaranteed to make a difference within 30 days.Learn More About NomNomNow
4.) Give Them Something New to Sleep On
With the dog days of summer around the corner, why not treat your dog or cat to something new to sleep on?
Because it is National Pet Week, we recommend you splurge and invest in a memory foam bed like the K&H Pet Products Superior Orthopedic Bed. Available for small, medium and large breed dogs, this bed offers supportive comfort your pup will thank you for. The small bed is also perfect for cats, so if you have a cat that would prefer to snuggle up in their bed rather than yours, why not indulge?
Don’t love this one? It’s okay – we’ve got nine more of the best dog beds to introduce you to including puppy beds, small dog beds, chew-proof beds, and many more.Check Out K&H Bed on Chewy
5.) Treat Them Every Month (With a Monthly Subscription)
Everyone loves getting spoiled, and dogs are no exception. Have you ever signed up for a subscription service like a beauty box or meal kit? If so, you know how much fun it can be to check out the surprise hauls. Your dog might feel the same way!
BarkBox is the best monthly subscription service for dogs. Each month a new box will arrive with two (or more!) super fun toys, two all-natural bags of treats, and a theme-of-the-month chew toy. Your pup will look forward to his or her monthly delivery, and you’ll look forward to seeing what new treats and toys are in store for themGet Your Limited Edition Mothers Day Box
6.) Spruce Up Their Space
Whether you have a cat that sheds or a furry dog that tends to drag in dirt, keeping the house clean can be a challenge. Thankfully, robot vacuums are here to help. Not only will they keep your home clean, but after pushing the start button, you won’t have to lift a finger!
While robot vacuums are excellent for tidying up your space, you might want one to help with your furry friend in particular. If so, check out the bObsweep Bob PetHair Plus. With 4X Boosted TurboLift suction and a UV-C light and filter, this vacuum will capture all dirt, hair, debris, and more your pets may bring in.
Just make sure your pet doesn’t happen to have any accidents while the robot vacuum is running or it may end up doing more harm than good.Learn More About bObsweep
7.) Keep Them Safe
If you’re a pawrent, your primary goals are to keep your pets safe, happy, and healthy. Thankfully, Whistle is here to help. Whistle knows you can’t be with your pets 100 percent of the time, which is why they created the Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker & Activity Monitor.
The Whistle is a GPS and activity tracker for both dogs and cats. You clip the device onto their collar and can monitor their location and activity straight from your phone. The battery lasts for one week and will notify you if your pet leaves your home (or another designated safe place).
If you have a dog that likes to roam, you’ll want to invest in this GPS tracker so that you can find them if they decide to leave home without your permission.Learn More About Whistle
8.) Make Time for Play Time (With New Toys)
Dogs and cats love play time, so why not carve out some time to play with your favorite four-legged friends during National Pet Week? Sure, you could reuse their favorite tennis ball, ping pong ball, or whatever their current favorite toy is, but it’s more fun to splurge and get them something new they’ll love.
If you don’t know where to start, check out Chewy’s selection of dog toys and Chewy’s selection of cat toys. There are balls, squishy toys, Nylabones, Kongs, and even a bug-eyed piggy. There’s something for every dog and cat!See More Toys on Chewy
9.) Invest in Pet Insurance
Again, you want to keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy. While toys will keep happy and GPS trackers will help keep them safe, it’s your job to keep them healthy. One of the ways you can do that is through pet insurance.
Pet insurance comes in a variety of forms, but all are there to protect your dog (or cat) in the event of injury or illness. Veterinary bills add up, and you never want money to prevent you from making the best decision for your pet.
Trupanion is one of our favorite pet insurance companies. You can enroll your pets at birth (most require your pet to be eight weeks or older), and unlike some pet insurance companies, Trupanion’s premiums don’t increase as your pet gets older. In terms of reimbursement, it pays 90% of veterinary costs once the deductible for the condition is met.Learn More About Trupanion
10.) Wear Your Love
Do you find yourself making excuses to stay in rather than go out with friends? Is it because you’d “rather be with your pup”? And would your pup “rather be with you” than his fur friends? If so, don’t just tell everyone. Spell it out for them!
If you’d rather spend your free time with your pup, get a Varsity Unisex T for you and a Doggy Bandana for your four-legged friend. Next time your friends want to grab dinner but you’d rather binge Lady and the Tramp with your furry friend? Send your friends a selfie of you and your pup twinning in your new gear. There’s no cuter way to break the news than with a graphic tee and a matching bandana, and it’s the perfect outfit for National Pet Week too.Shop I'd Rather Be With My Dog Store
11.) Schedule a Spa Day
Want to spoil your pup or cat during National Pet Week? Treat them to a dog’s day out (or cat’s day out!) at the Petco Spa.
Petco certified stylists will bathe, brush, trim, and make your pup or kitty look like a champ. Your pets will love the attention during this spa day, and you’ll love how beautiful they look (and smell) afterward. It’s a win-win for all as you’re sure to adorn your pet with extra kisses and cuddles.
We also recommend treating yourself to your own spa day while your pet is enjoying his. Why should Fido or Fluffy have all the fun?Schedule a Spa Day at Petco
Whether you treat your pup to one of the above gifts or spend the week giving extra cuddles, have a wonderful National Pet Week with your fur-friend.