Dogs make the best Valentines, don’t they? The cuddles, the kisses, the unconditional love. Show your pup some this month with one of these unique (and easy) gifts — a sure way to lock in some extra cuddle time and licks. Speaking of kisses (and fresh doggie breath), February is also Pet Dental Health Month. Taking care of your dog’s teeth is up there for showing your dog how much you care about her. Good dental health prevents chronic pain and inflammation, and periodontal disease associated with heart, kidney and liver issues.
But 80 percent of dogs end up with dental disease by 3 years old. Pumpkin Pet Insurance surveyed more than 500 pet owners, and 63% reported not regularly brushing their dog or cat’s teeth at home, mostly because their pet won’t let them or dislikes it.
Brushing a dog’s teeth takes practice and patience, but it’s worth it! Did you know there are alternatives to the standard toothbrush? Try them out and let us know what you think. And in the meantime, send us your pictures with your pup to be featured on our social media pages.
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Monthly dog holidays, February 2023
Pet Dental Health Month
Unchain a Dog Dog Month
Dog Training Education Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
Daily dog holidays, February 2023
February 3, 2023: National Golden Retriever Day
February 14, 2023: Pet Theft Awareness Day
February 20, 2023: Love Your Pet Day
February 22 , 2023: National Walk Your Dog Day
February 23, 2023: National Dog Biscuit Day
February 2023 dog events
Jan 24 – Feb 28, 2023: To kick off Change a Pet’s Life Day on Jan. 24, JC Penney is partnering with 10 animal shelters nationwide and photographing adoptable senior dogs through its Portraits by Lifetouch program. The photos will be displayed on JC Penney’s website. JCPenney is also donating $1,000 to each shelter and giving a $500 gift card toward pet supplies.
Feb 1- Feb 28 ,2023: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s 50 Mile Dog Walking Challenge. Get outside with your dog, log your miles and raise funds for children at St. Jude’s. To join the challenge, visit the Facebook page.
Feb 1 – March 31st, 2023: Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade can apply to the “Become a Veterinarian Camp Contest” for a chance to win a scholarship prize package to attend Auburn University Junior Veterinary Camp in Alabama over the summer. The essay contest is sponsored by Vet Set Go and VCA Animal Hospitals as a way to encourage aspiring teen and tween veterinarians to pursue a career with animals. For more information on entering the contest, visit vetsetgo.com.
Feb 3-5, 2023: Lehigh Valley Pet Expo. Fun demonstrations, shows and shopping. Held at the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, PA. Visit familypetshows.com for more information.
Feb 4, 2023: Great Lakes Pet Expo. Celebrating its 18th year at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. Enjoy live entertainment, shopping and adoptable animals. Buy tickets at petexpomilwaukee.com
Feb 5, 2023: The Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show is a professional team of performers and their adopted dogs that perform extreme dog sports like dock diving, dog dancing and freestyle disc. The show is family friendly and held at the Sheldon Theater in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Feb 10-12, 2023: Cambridge, Minnesota Kennel Club, All Breed Obedience and Rally Trials, held at Total Recall in Huge, Minnesota. For more information, go to cmck.org
Feb 11, 2023: The nonprofit Angel City Pit Bulls (ACPB) is hosting a Find Your Valentine adoption event in Los Angeles, CA from 1-3 pm. ACPB dogs were recently featured on American Ninja Warrior and will also be seen in the annual Puppy Bowl on February 12. For more information about attending this adoption event, visit angelcitypits.org.
Want to see what dog holidays are coming up in 2023? Check out Dogster’s dog holiday list.