We know that your furry friends mean the world to you. How do you show your pet you love them? We recommend putting a little extra effort into their care and pamper routine. Check out the tips below for an unbeatable “spaw” day!
Spaw day for dogs
Can you pamper your dog? Absolutely! Dogs are human’s best friend, so pamper your canine pals to show your love. Their tails will wag with joy after this relaxation-filled day.
Get outside and play
Take them outside for a water activity. Maybe go to a nearby pond, river, or lake to swim. To stay close to home, play in the backyard with the sprinklers! This will allow your pups to explore the nature around them while burning some of their energy.
DIY doggy treats
Peanut butter-banana craze
How do you pamper your pet after an outdoor adventure? With a homemade treat, of course! Make some DIY snacks for your dog to munch on after they enjoy the great outdoors. These can be made with just a few ingredients:
1 cup oat flour or whole-wheat flour
½ cup creamy 100% peanut butter
1 banana (try using 1/3 cup 100% pumpkin puree for a different flavor profile)
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. In a bowl, mash the banana with the peanut butter until there are no lumps. Add in the flour and mix until you have a smooth, dough-like consistency.
2. Sprinkle whole-wheat or oat flour onto your workstation and roll the dough out until it is about ¼-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes and place onto a prepared baking tray.
3. Bake for 8–10 minutes or until the treats are golden brown. Let cool completely before serving to your dog.
Does your puppy have doggy breath after their peanut butter yummies? Give your dog a clean-breath boost with these delicious, frozen treats. They are perfect for a hot day and will cool your pets off while making their breath smell minty fresh.
1/8 cup fresh mint
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup apple, finely chopped
1. Place all ingredients except apple into a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Mix in chopped apple. Pour mixture into an ice-cube tray or silicone mold. Freeze overnight. Remove the treats from their mold and place in an airtight container in the freezer.
Disclaimer: Give these treats in moderation (no more than one per day). Make sure you speak with your dog’s vet before introducing them to new foods and treats.
After your outdoor adventures, draw your dog a warm bath to bring on the relaxation. How do you pamper your pet while giving them a wash? Use Animal Scents® Shampoo to wash their fur! This plant-based, will make them feel like royalty. They’ll look paws-itively fabulous!
After your furry friend’s coat is dry, brush their cares away and help them shed. Give them a spa-like treatment using the best grooming brush for their specific fur needs. Pair the brushing with diffusing Animal Scents® T-Away. Diffuse essential oils in spaces where your pets like to relax.
YL tip: Closely watch for signs of irritation—such as whining, sniffing, nervousness, and excessive scratching—while diffusing around them. Dogs have an extremely heightened sense of smell, and sometimes essential oils can overwhelm them.
DIY YL paw balm:
Are you dog’s paws looking extra cracked and dry? Don’t worry! We’ve got their foot care covered. Try using this DIY paw balm while you massage your dog’s foot pads.
Disclaimer: For more information on how to utilize Young Living products for your pets, contact your pet’s care provider.
Wondering how else you can pamper your dog at home? Your dog will feel extra pampered with this refreshing drink! You only need one ingredient: chicken broth. Make sure that it is a natural, low-sodium version. Pour broth into an ice-cube tray and freeze. Reserve some of the liquid to make blending easier. Once the cubes are frozen, take them out of the tray and place your desired amount into the blender. Add a little extra chicken broth and blend until you reach your preferred consistency. Serve in any dish you prefer to use for your pet.
Spaw day for cats
How do you pamper your pet who’s known for purring, meowing, and chasing mice? Cats need love too! Treat your feline friend to a day full of pampering and relaxation! Check out these tips for treating your fuzzy friend.
Buy a new toy
Surprise your feline with a trip to your local pet store to get some new toys! Old toys may become boring to your kitty, so find something new that will keep them active and engaged.
Let your feline roam the outdoors
Cats are curious and love to get out and explore. Try training your kitty to walk on a leash. Get them used to wearing a collar or harness by slowly introducing them to it. Give them treats when they respond well to the leash. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to take them outside so they can view the world around them—safely!
Groom your cat
Your cat will love a little extra TLC for their beautiful coat. Give them some extra affection by brushing out their fur with a pet brush. This will also help you get rid of those pesky hair balls! It’s a win-win.
Give your cat a massage to help relieve their stress and soak in the relaxation. Learn how here. Not all cats like to be massaged, so make sure your cat is comfortable and accepting of it. In addition to relaxing your cat, a massage can also help to strengthen the bond between you and your pet!
DIY cat treats
Make some homemade treats to show your love to your purring pets. The simple ingredients will give you the comfort of knowing exactly what your cat is eating. These treats will make them feel extra loved!
This simple treat is one that your cats will love! It is perfect to keep your cats cool on hot summer days.
1 can of tuna in water, no added salt (do not use tuna canned in oil)
½ cup water
1. Blend the tuna and water together.
2. Transfer the mixture into ice-cube trays or small silicone molds. Let freeze for a few hours or overnight.
3. Remove the treats from the molds and let your cats enjoy! Store the leftovers in the freezer.
Switch things up by adding some decadent salmon to your cat’s treats. This delicacy will bring purr-fectly luxurious vibes to your furry friend’s days!
1 can of salmon in water, no salt added, drained
½ cup quinoa flour
½ cup oat flour
1 teaspoon dried organic catnip
1 large egg
½ tablespoon olive oil
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until an emulsified and slightly sticky dough forms.
3. For extra-cute treats, roll out the dough and cut out shapes with small cookie cutters. Or simply cut off small pieces of dough and roll into little balls. Remember that these are treats, so they should not be too big.
4. Transfer the treats to your baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until they are dry and a little browned. Cool completely before giving to your cat. Store in an airtight container.
YL tip: Switch this recipe up with different flavors depending on your cat’s preferences. Try using canned tuna, chicken, or sardines. Just make sure they have no added salt and are stored in water, not oil.
Provide new hangout spots
Cats love to discover new places to explore. Keep your cat entertained and treat them to a new cat tower or play area. Additionally, cats love to relax and soak up the sun, so find new spots around your house where your cat can curl up and nap.
Disclaimer: Cats are extremely sensitive to essential oils, and all products should be used with caution. For more information on how to utilize Young Living products for your pets, contact your pet’s care provider.
Now you know how to show your pet you love them! Your furry friends are absolutely going to love their extra-fancy spaw days.
For more reading about oils and pets, check out what to do if your puppy has an accident with this DIY pet stain and odor remover or learn more about essential oils and pets here.
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