April 26th is National Kids And Pets Day! There are few sights more heartwarming than that of a young child hanging out with a beloved furred, feathered, or even scaled friend. Pets benefit children in many ways. They offering kids comfort, companionship, and cuddles, and also make great playmates. Celebrating this cute holiday is a wonderful way to focus on something fun and happy! Here, a Mesa, AZ vet lists some ways to celebrate your beloved family pet. 

Treats

Treats are a sure-fire way to really brighten up your pet’s day. Store-bought treats are fine. Fido and Fluffy may enjoy some sodium-free broth, or plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, bones, or fat. Pocket pets and birds may be able to have some fresh produce. Ask your vet for specific advice. Of course, you can even make homemade snacks. There are lots of recipes online. Your children may also be able to make their animal companions’ treats. Just stick to ingredients that you know are safe.

Playtime

Spend a few minutes tossing a ball for Fido to chase, or holding a wand toy for Fluffy to pounce on. This will entertain your pet and your kids at once. Plus, it’s super cute to watch!

Photos

Snap some adorable photos of your little one and their furred or feathered friend. Have some fun with this! Set up a backdrop, or experiment with different props. You can also play around with the settings on your phone or camera. Or, better yet, download a pet camera app. Some of these have presets for photographing animals, which help with things like improving contrast and reducing red eye. Others emit sounds to capture pets’ attention.

Art

Why not have your youngster draw a picture of your animal companion? The art will be even more precious if your child is just learning to draw!

Celebration

Look up instructions for creating DIY toys, and have your little one make the family pet some new playthings. For instance, you can make a rope toy for Fido by cutting a tee shirt into strips and then braiding the strips together. Braid those braids together, and tie it off in a knot. Voila! Instant tail wags.

Please contact us, your local Mesa, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!