What is it about Valentine’s Day (and many other holidays, really) that just make us want to shower our pets with treats? While it’s great to see the joy and excitement our fur babies show when they know they’re getting a little something special, there is such thing as too many treats.

Many pets are motivated by food, so providing a treat when you want to show a little extra love or when you feel inadequate as a pet owner is common. But, an extra treat here or there can lead to a lot of extra calories, which can adversely affect your pet’s health. Instead of giving more treats, here are some ways you can show your pet love without expanding her waistline:

Walk more — Even if your schedule is jam-packed and there’s no way you’ll have time to walk your dog, her health—mental and physical—should still be a priority. Wake up 30 minutes early to enjoy a sunrise walking session, or run home at lunch to take an afternoon stroll. If you really can’t make the time, hire a dog walking service to ensure your pet gets the exercise she needs.

Play more — Engage your dog in a game of tug-of-war or take her to the dog park so she can play with her pals. And, don’t forget about your feline friend—cats appreciate playing, too! Use a laser pointer or feather-string toy to keep your cat occupied and physically active.

Cuddle more — At the end of the day, your pet really just wants to spend quality time with you. If you’re exhausted, simply cuddling up on the couch together is a great way to bond with your furry friend.

Are you concerned that your pet has been getting a few too many treats? Contact us to discuss healthy weight for your pet.