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A Guide to the Different Types of Horse Boots

No matter how large and sturdy horses appear, horse care requires some special consideration and gear. Most people are familiar with saddles and horseshoes, but there are many other kinds of horse supplies. Horse boots, for example, can help protect a horse’s legs and hooves.

If you’re a seasoned horse owner, you already know there are many horse boots on the market. If you’re newer to the equine world, horse care might seem overwhelming. To help you navigate these handy horse supplies, take a look at eight boots used on horses and how they differ.

The Benefits of Horse Boots

Before learning the ins and outs of horse boots, you need to understand why you’d use them in the first place. In short, pet horses generally don’t pick their own terrain or speed during rides; they are doing what their humans want them to do. This can wear down the horse hoof more quickly.

“Most people shoe their horses these days, if they’re going to be going over terrain that would require that the foot would wear more than naturally,” says Heather Hoyns, DVM, owner of Evergreen Equine of Vermont in West Windsor. “There are a lot of people who choose to put boots on instead. They feel it’s more natural. There’s nothing wrong either way.”

Additionally, a horse’s lower legs don’t have the muscle to protect the bone and tendon, making protection even more important.

“If they get a gash on their leg or an injury, it can be a long-term thing to heal, so I personally like to put protective boots on my horses,” Dr. Hoyns says.

Most horses don’t resist horse boots; they’re used to the routine of the saddle and other horse tack, so boots are no big deal, Dr. Hoyns adds.

Types of Horse Boots

The amount of horse tack available these days can seem endless, and the variety of boots is no exception. Each plays an important role.

Fly Boots

You rarely see a horse without flies humming about. Naturally, horses don’t care for them. While they can get rid of flies on their body easily with their tail or a twitching muscle under the skin, their first line of defense for flies on their legs is stomping.

“Continued stomping can make a horse’s foot sore, bruise their foot or make them lame,” Dr. Hoyns says.

Fly boots, like Kensington Protective Products’ non-collapsing fly horse boots, are designed to keep flies off your horse’s legs.

Splint/Sport Boots

Splint, or sport, horse boots primarily protect the horse’s cannon bone in the legs. Used on the front and back legs, these boots are particularly helpful for dressage horses.

“They’re there to protect the horse’s leg if the horse should … hit something, like when jumping over a fence,” Dr. Hoyns says.

Tough-1 extreme vented sport boots are made with solid support to protect against bumps, bruises and any soreness.

Bell Boots

You’ll often find bell boots under shipping boots. They’re designed to protect a horse’s coronary band at the bottom of the leg.

Damage to the coronary band can cause permanent damage to a horse’s hoof, according to Dr. Hoyns. Bell boots go from around a horse’s ankle area to the ground to help shoes stay on.

“Horses are silly,” Dr. Hoyns says. “They can go racing around and do silly things, and they can pull their shoes off because they slipped, they fell, etc. They’re like 2-year-old children.”

Weaver Leather’s bell boots are made of heavy-duty 2520D ballistic nylon to protect from the hoof to the coronary band. They include double-ply Velcro closures to help keep the boot from slipping.

Polo Wraps

Especially used when a horse is young or in training, polo wraps, like these ones from Derby Originals, go on front and back legs and help protect the legs when riding, Dr. Hoyns says.

“Sometimes horses, like 2-year-old children, don’t do what you like them to do and they’ll throw little tantrums or they’ll slip or something and they’ll hit their leg and get a little cut on it,” she explains.

Fetlock Boots

A horse’s fetlock joint is located above the horse hoof, and damage of this joint can lead to lameness. Fetlock boots help protect the joint. It’s harder to keep these boots on, Dr. Hoyns says, because they’re a shorter boot than others. You could think of them as ankle boots for horses, she adds. Size and fit are particularly important with fetlock boots.

Hoof Boots

A horse’s foot can wear down faster than it grows when the animal walks over some surfaces. Hoof boots “prevent excessive wear on horse’s feet when they’re being ridden,” Dr. Hoyns says.

Shipping Boots

Whether being driven to a trail or going to a horse show, horses don’t always stay home. According to Dr. Hoyns, other drivers sometimes cut in front of her, thinking a vehicle with a horse trailer must be traveling slowly. That means a quick stop can equal a potentially injured horse.

That is where shipping boots come in. They’re used only for travel and can help protect the horse’s legs. This set of shipping boots from Weaver Leather, for example, is made from thick ripstop nylon and have a striker plate at the bottom to protect against hoof scuffing. However, because they’re used so rarely, some horses dislike shipping boots, Dr. Hoyns says.

Stable Boots/Wraps

When left to their own devices, horses naturally slow down and walk around a bit after being ridden, Dr. Hoyns says. Horses that are stabled immediately after a ride, however, can’t walk around and can develop leg swelling from a fluid buildup after they’re worked.

It’s particularly an issue with middle-aged or older horses, according to Dr. Hoyns. Stable boots or wraps are used after a horse has been ridden to reduce the chances of post-workout swelling.

Having the proper horse tack, including horse boots, for the type of riding or training you intend to do with your horses is an important step to helping your horse live a long and comfortable life.

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Here’s How to Teach Your Cat to ‘Talk’ with Buttons

You might’ve seen cats go viral for “talking” with buttons. There’s Justin Bieber—not the singer, but the cat who’s TikTok-famous for using these buttons, which have pre-recorded words on them, to let his parent know what he wants. (It’s a toss-up between asking for scratches and asking for food.) And over on Instagram, Billi—dubbed “the most talkative feline”—also shows off her impressive way of communicating with her parents with talking buttons. Her favorite word? “Mad!”

But why merely watch cats “talk” with buttons when you can teach your cat to do the same?

Teaching your cat to talk with buttons boasts plenty of benefits: It strengthens your bond, it provides another opportunity for communication, and it stimulates their brains, which can, in turn, improve their behavior and mood (and who doesn’t want that?). And the good news is, teaching cats to use speech buttons can be done in just a few simple steps. Here’s how.

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What Are Cat Buttons and How Do They Work?

Cat buttons (also referred to as talking pet buttons) are interactive communication buttons that, when pressed by the pet, audibly repeat a word that’s been pre-recorded by the pet parent.

Words and phrases programmed onto these recordable buttons can include anything and everything, from “food” and “play” to “love you!” Pets can even combine words together to create phrases.

For example, Justin Bieber the Cat uses the “food” and “birds” buttons together nonstop. Why? According to momager Sarah Baker, well, there’s a bird that likes to taunt him outside a window. (And yes, he’d like to enjoy it for dinner.)

Through consistent use and modeling of the buttons, cats can learn to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, feelings, questions and observations about their environment with the press of a button.

For example, “if you say, ‘dinner time!’ and then present food consistently, your cat learns that that particular phrase means ‘food,’” explains licensed veterinary technician and animal behavior consultant Brittany Thomas, LVT, IAABC-CABC, KPA-CTP, owner of Companion Pet Behavior Solutions in Jeffersontown, Kentucky. “It’s the same [thing with] shaking a treat bag: Your cat comes running because they’ve learned to associate that sound with a particular outcome: a treat.”

Learn more about the science behind talking buttons at PetMD.

How Do I Teach My Cat to Use Talking Pet Buttons?

Ready to give cat buttons a shot? Follow these steps:

1Find the right buttons for you and your cat.

“Any buttons will work as long as you can record words,” says Baker. “It comes down to preference. I like the smaller buttons because you can fit more [on the floor].” Justin Bieber the Cat uses buttons set atop foam hex-tiles from FluentPet. Stella, the first widely-known dog to use talking buttons, uses Hunger for Words (created by her speech-language pathologist mom, Christina Hunger). Any brands—whether promoted as cat or dog buttons—will work.

2Start with recording a few words your cat already knows.

Thomas suggests making a short list of things your cat really enjoys, like food, catnip, toys. Once you have your list, rate your cat’s familiarity of those words on a scale of one to five, starting with the highest-rated item first.

Record the words onto the buttons making sure to record only one word per button and keeping the words as short as possible. For example, instead of “dinner time,” use “food.”

Remember that training your cat to use speech buttons is not a competition. Start with just a few buttons.

“I think people can get really hung up on the number of buttons,” Baker says. “If your pet can successfully communicate with just two or three buttons, sometimes that’s all you need. The number of buttons is not an indicator of progress or success.”

3Model the words for your cat.

Modeling words means using the buttons in the right contexts throughout the day. For example, if you’ve recorded the word “play,” press the “play” button and immediately engage your cat in playtime with one of their toys, like a wand toy, for three to five seconds, explains Thomas. Then, stop playing, hit the button again, and immediately play with your cat.

“Get in the habit of using [the buttons] all the time,” adds Baker. “If you’re doing stuff around the house, just go over and model the buttons.” The more you reinforce the buttons, the faster your cat will learn.

4Respond when buttons are “explored” or pressed.

In the beginning of the teaching journey, respond anytime your cat explores a button or uses a word (as much as possible, of course!). It’s your response to the words that teaches your cat what they mean.

Here are a couple examples of what this looks like:

  • If your cat explores the button but doesn’t press it: If you see them sniffing the “play” button, go press it for them and then commence playtime.
  • If your cat presses the button: If they press the “play” button, play with them.

It’s important to note that when your cat does press buttons, don’t reward them with treats. This can hurt your progress by confusing the meaning of the buttons for your cat. Instead of understanding that hitting the buttons gets them whatever the recorded word is, they’ll learn that hitting the buttons gets them extra servings of treats. And that’s not what we want.

How many words can cats learn?

It’s reported that cats can understand anywhere from 25 to 40 words. Justin Bieber the Cat, however, knows over 40 words (and is using sentences), while Billi the cat has 50 words on her board.

Cat Button Training Tips

Say “no” as needed.

A good way to set boundaries is to record a button that says “no” when pressed. This signals to your cat that you heard them, but the answer is “no,” Baker says.

For example, if your cat presses the “play” button but you’re unable to play with them (or, you’ve already played with them and they’ve pressed the button again), press the “no” button. You won’t lose the benefit of the buttons by saying “no.” Simply allowing your cat to express what they want strengthens understanding and your bond.

Don’t force it.

It’s best to let your cat choose to talk to you in their own time. So, “don’t ever pick up your pet’s paw and force them to press the button,” says Baker. Strive for learner-driven communication versus communication on-demand. This will help create a more enjoyable, less-frustrating experience for your cat.

Keep sessions short.

Due to cats’ short attention spans, it’s best to keep training sessions to about five minutes per session.

Pay attention to other natural communication cues.

“[Speech buttons] should be a tool to enhance communication,” Baker says, adding that using buttons should not be a replacement for your pet’s natural communication. “It’s really important to still [pay attention to] your cat’s body language and let them go at their own pace.”

For example, if your cat stands sideways and arches their back, they’re likely feeling angry or scared, so back off. On the other hand, if they’re pointing their head or body at you—and even staring you in the eye—they’re receptive to attention. So, give them some pets!

Get ready for some odd associations!

A unique part of the process is interpreting your pet. “They’ll use words in combination that sound kind of funky at first,” Baker says, but don’t disregard them if they continue to use the buttons in the same order, again and again. They may be trying to tell you something! (Remember the story of Bieber using “food” and “bird” buttons?)

“It can take some abstract thought sometimes,” Baker says. “But it’s really fun. You just have to listen.”

What Are the Benefits of Cat Buttons?

With this extra form of communication, cat buttons can…

Allow your cat to express wishes and desires.

“[Justin Bieber the Cat] uses [the buttons] to get my attention all the time,” says Baker. “It’s a more straightforward way for him to ask for what he wants. He can be really direct and ask for food or to play.”

Strengthen your bond.

Not all cats get trained to sit, fetch, shake and roll over like their dog counterparts do. But taking the time to train your cat to use speech buttons can strengthen the bond you share.

Stimulate their brain, in turn improving behavior and mood.

Teaching your cat to use speech buttons exercises their brain and can help reduce the boredom and stress they feel. “I’ve noticed a change in his mood, [too],” Baker shares. “I feel like he’s happier. He’s less likely to misbehave or act out when he wants attention. He just lets me know what he wants.”

Speech buttons are fun, right? But you don’t need these cool communication devices to know when your cat’s trying to tell you they love you. Learn these 13 ways your cat says, “I love you,” too.

Got cat buttons? Share your progress and success with us by tagging @Chewy!

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10 Dog Breeds That Love the Snow

Centuries ago, surviving freezing temperatures required calling in the big dogs. With their thick coats, cold weather dogs like the Siberian Husky, St. Bernard and Alaskan Malamute were especially welcome at night, keeping their humans warm in the subzero temperatures of places likes Siberia and Alaska. The colder it was, the more dogs you needed, hence the term, “three-dog night.”

While we may not need to sleep under a pile of furry canines to stay warm these days, snow dog breeds still make great snuggle buddies. Most were bred to be working dogs in cold climates and have retained those traits that made them so good at their jobs: intelligence, devotion and zest for life. No wonder they find their way into the hearts of dog parents today.

Siberian Husky

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Originating in the cold climate of Northern Asia, and with a thicker coat than most other dog breeds, the Siberian Husky is ranked the 19th most popular dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) 2021 registration statistics.

They are affectionate and good-natured, but because they were originally bred to be a sled dog, they do have a lot of energy, so plenty of daily exercise is essential. Speaking of sled dogs, the Siberian Husky is a celebrated hero in Nome, Alaska. Why? Because in 1925, they traversed more than 250 miles of snow and ice to deliver lifesaving medicine to the village, with Balto, the dog who led the final leg, becoming famous for the feat.

Learn more about the Siberian Husky.

Norwegian Elkhound

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An ancient breed from Scandinavia with Nordic traits, the Norwegian Elkhound was once used to hunt moose and bear and was used to hunting in the cold climate from which it came. “These traits have stayed with the breed, and it makes a great cold-weather companion,” says AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson.

They’re also extremely intelligent and high energy, making them ideal for people with active lifestyles who can provide lots of physical and mental stimulation.

Learn more about the Norwegian Elkhound.

Saint Bernard

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“The Saint Bernard comes from the Swiss Alps and was originally used to locate freezing and helpless travelers during snowstorms, so, this breed is used to being in cold and snowy regions,” explains Peterson. They stay warm thanks to their dense coats, which can be long or short.

St. Bernards are typically smart, obedient and loyal dogs. They make great family pets, but because of their large size, extra training is recommended.

Learn more about the Saint Bernard.

Newfoundland

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The Newfoundland breed originated in Canada as a working dog who pulled nets for fishermen in frigid waters. Their heavy, plush coats, which protect them from cold temperatures, make them a snow enthusiast’s perfect match.

Although described as a true workhorse, the Newfie is not an all-work-and-no-play kind of breed. These sweet and affectionate dogs enjoy spending time with their people and make great family pets.

Learn more about the Newfoundland.

Old English Sheepdog

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Famous for their long, striking coat, the Old English Sheepdog originated in the early 19th century in the western counties of England where they herded sheep and cattle into major city markets. Their long dense coat serves as insulation and provides stylish warmth in cold climates.

Though they take their job as herders seriously and love to be busy, these active dogs have an even temperament and make loyal companions.

Learn more about the Old English Sheepdog.

Alaskan Malamute

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“The Alaskan Malamute is a great cold weather breed because of its origin—they come from Alaska and are the oldest and largest of the Arctic sled dogs,” says Peterson. Their thick and coarse coats help keep them toasty while frolicking in the snow.

This super smart and active breed does not like to be bored, which means life with a Mal is never dull.

Learn more about the Alaskan Malamute.

Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog’s intelligence, strength and agility helped them perform the cart-pulling and cattle-driving work in the mountainous area where the breed originated, while that long silky coat of theirs helped keep them warm in the frigid region.

Today, this versatile breed taps into their heritage by participating in carting and herding competitions, as well as agility and obedience trials, but is mainly a family pet who enjoys large yards and plenty of playtime.

Learn more about the Bernese Mountain Dog.

Samoyed

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“Hailing from Siberia, the Samoyed is good in cold weather due to their original jobs of herding reindeer, hunting and hauling sledges,” says Peterson. Their white, fluffy fur even looks like snow!

These active, social and intelligent dogs are always up for adventure. And thanks to the breed’s heavy, weather resistant coat, you can bet that up-for-anything ‘tude will often take them outdoors in the cold and the snow.

Learn more about the Samoyed.

Keeshond

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The Keeshond was bred to patrol barges and riverboats along the chilly waterfronts of Holland, and they still carry that penchant for cold climates with them. (Their warm coats—which comprises a long, course outer coat and soft, downy undercoat—might have something to do with that!).

Although they originally served as watchdogs, this dog breed loves to make friends of all ages and species. Ever the social butterfly, your Keeshond will likely be the most popular pup on the block, but you’ll always be their No. 1.

Learn more about the Keeshond.

Tibetan Mastiff

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Early Tibetan Mastiffs were kept as guard dogs in the mountains of Central Asia, in charge of keeping livestock and monasteries safe. Not surprisingly, they do great in colder climates and higher altitudes.

Guarding is in this giant breed’s DNA, and they’re at their best and happiest when they’re allowed to be watchful protectors over their domain, which preferably would include lots of acreage to roam and snow to play in.

Learn more about the Tibetan Mastiff.

Snow-Loving Dog Breeds FAQs

Q:What are common traits among snow dogs?

A:“They are good learners and good listeners, and they’re very social,” says Beth Harrison, ABCDT-L2, AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and dog obedience classroom instructor at the Animal Behavior College in Valencia, California.
And those traits make for good working dogs, too.
“Most breeds that love the snow originated in cold, snowy regions and were bred to do jobs in the snow, like sled dogs,” Peterson says.


Q:Do snow-loving dog breeds need a job?

A:Most winter-loving dogs are bred to work. “These dogs are used to working and taking commands,” Harrison says. “They need to work. If we don’t give them a job to do, they will find their own.”
That job could be anything from guarding the perimeter of your backyard from invading squirrels, to herding the cat or the children.


Q:How much exercise do cold-weather dogs need?

A:Since these winter dogs are intelligent, and have the will to work, make sure to exercise them regularly, which can be anywhere from 30 minutes a day to up to two hours a day, depending on the breed. For instance, Saint Bernards only need about 30 minutes a day, but a Samoyed may need up to 2 hours! You can also engage them in activities that match their energy levels and stamina and keep them entertained with challenging puzzle toys.


Q:How cold is too cold for a snow dog breed to be outside?

A:While snow dog breeds were made for cold weather, they aren’t impervious to it. When the temperature drops below 68 degrees Fahrenheit, some dogs may have difficulty maintaining their body temperature. However, snow dogs with their thick coats can better tolerate lower temps. Most experts recommend not leaving any dog—snow dog or otherwise—outdoors for a prolonged period of time once the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.


Q:How hot is too hot for a snow dog breed to be outside?

A:Despite their thick coats, these winter dogs can acclimate to warmer climates. But when the temperature rises above 86 degrees Fahrenheit, some dogs, especially those with thicker coats, may have difficulty maintaining their body temperature. Be sure not to overexert them, give them plenty of fresh water, protect their paws from hot concrete and watch for any signs of heatstroke, like excessive panting, vomiting and lethargy.


Want to learn more about dog breeds and which might be the best fit for you and your lifestyle? See all of our dog breed profiles.

Luann Gould contributed to this article.

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BeChewy’s February Calendar: 28 Ways to Feel the Love With Your Pet This Month

It’s February, the season of love—and for many of us, the season of seemingly endless winter weather as well. Whether you’re riding high on a new crush or simply feeling crushed at the prospect of more snow, we’ve got a whole list of activities to help you make the most of the next four weeks. Use our free printable calendar of fun adventures, helpful reminders, holidays and other special days to live your best February life—all with your pet by your side, of course.

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28 Things to Do With Your Pet This February

February 1

Today is World Read Aloud Day, so why not spend some quality time reading to pets at your local shelter?

February 2

Happy Groundhog Day! Be prepared with a warm dog coat in case we get 6 more weeks of winter.

February 3

It’s Pet Dental Health Month. Remember to brush your dog’s or cat’s teeth, or ask your vet about a cleaning.

February 4

Celebrate National Homemade Soup Day with this homemade bone broth recipe for dogs and cats.

February 5

Cheer on your favorite artists at the Grammy Awards—like pet parent Miranda Lambert.

February 6

Does your pet’s monthly flea and tick preventative need a refill? Stock up now!

February 7

Honor Black History Month with the story of Dr. Lila Miller, a veterinarian who broke barriers for women of color.

February 8

Valentine’s Day is almost here! Shop our picks for your pup.

February 9

Make a vision board to keep you and your pet on track to reaching your 2023 goals.

February 10

Pets are prone to itchy skin in winter, so stock up on moisturizers, balms and soothing shampoos.

February 11

Ask your vet if your pet would benefit from a winter supplement.

February 12

February 13

Hydration is essential, especially for cats, so make sure they’re drinking enough water.

February 14

Treat your pet to a Valentine’s Day Cookie Gram this V-Day!

February 15

Want to keep your pet’s teeth extra clean? Stock up on dental chews.

February 16

Consider creating a trust for your pet—it’s more common than you think!

February 17

Try your hand at teaching your pet to talk with buttons.

February 18

Is your dog’s breath smelling … less than fresh? Find out how to get rid of bad dog breath.

February 19

Feeling the winter blues? Bring joy into your home with brightly colored decor.

February 20

It’s President’s Day—and also National Love Your Pet Day, so spend your day off pampering your pet.

February 21

Raise a glass for Mardi Gras—and get your dog in on the fun with this dog-friendly mocktail.

February 22

Cold or not, it’s National Walking the Dog Day—so find out how to make that winter walk less of a chore.

February 23

You pretty much have to give your pup homemade treats on National Dog Biscuit Day, right? Find the perfect recipe here.

February 24

It’s National Bird Feeding Month—fill up your feeder, and get out there to spot some feathered friends.

February 25

Help your pet beat the winter blues with these brain-enriching puzzle toys.

February 26

February 27

February is Dog Training Education Month—so why not teach your pup a new trick?

February 28

Now is a great time to refresh your nest with the latest trends in home decor.


Of course, you don’t have to do everything on our monthly calendar. (Life gets busy, we know!) If you have time for just a few special moments with your pet this month, add these adventures to your to-do list:
February pet parent checklist

And don’t forget to celebrate these February holidays!
February holidays infographic

The fun doesn’t stop here—we’ll be back next month with more ways to make the most of your time with your pet. Looking for more exciting things to do in the month of February? We’ve got you covered:

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February’s 9 Best New Streaming TV Shows and Movies to Watch With Your Pet

It’s February, we’re still in the depths of winter, and all you want to do is stay inside and binge-watch new shows with your pet snuggled up by your side. That’s why we’ve picked nine of the best new streaming releases to keep you warm all month long. Some of them feature pets at the center of the story; others are just the most buzzworthy shows and movies that we know you’ll want to chat about on your next puppy playdate. From comedies and dramas to edge-of-your-seat docuseries, there’s something for everyone on this list—so take your pick and let the watch-fest begin!

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Netflix

“Gunther’s Millions”

Premiere Date: February 1

For Fans Of: true crime documentaries and dogs (German Shepherds especially)

Here’s a true story that’ll make your own dog jealous: Gunther IV is a multi-millionaire German Shepherd, complete with a trust fund. Yes, you read that right. He spends his days yachting around the world, having parties in mansions, dining on premium steak and generally living his very best life. In this docuseries, we follow Gunther and the many humans who care for him, including his eccentric pet parent, Italian pharmaceutical heir Mauizio Mian. But there’s more to this story than Champagne chew toys and caviar dreams—there’s a seedy underside beneath all the glitz and glam. Let’s just say this ends up being less “Lassie” and more true crime.

“You” (Season 4)

Premiere Date: February 9 (episodes 401-405) and March 9 (episodes 406-410)

For Fans Of: Psychological thrillers like “Dexter,” or the novels of Caroline Kepnes (who penned the books on which this series is based)

Starring: Penn Badgley (“Gossip Girl”), Tati Gabrielle (“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”), Lukas Gage (“Euphoria”), Charlotte Ritchie (“Feel Good”)

The oh-so-twisted Joe Goldberg is back in this latest season of “You,” about a bookish man prone to developing, uh, killer crushes on the women in his life. After three seasons following Joe as he literally gets away with murder, this latest installment finds him living abroad as college professor Jonathan Moore, rubbing elbows with a class of elites. Expect to see the return of Season 3 love interest Marienne, along with a whole new cast of characters at risk of being offed as Joe continues his search for true love.
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“Freeridge”

Premiere Date: February 2

For Fans Of: “On My Block,” “Gentefied,” and coming-of-age shows

Starring: Keyla Monterroso Mejia (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Ciara Riley Wilson (“L.A.’s Finest”), Tenzing Norgay Trainor (“Abominable”), Peggy Blow (“On My Block”)

Created by the minds behind Netflix’s teen comedy-drama “On My Block,” “Freeridge” follows the hilarious coming-of-age antics of a group of friends—including constantly clashing sisters Gloria and Ines—who believe they’ve been cursed by a mysterious box. Now they’ve got to do whatever it takes to rid themselves of the hex, with amusing results. Peggy Blow reprises her role as Marisol Martinez in this Latinx YA comedy series that’ll fill the “On My Block”-sized hole in the hearts of its die-hard fans.

“Your Place or Mine”

Premiere Date: February 10

For Fans Of: rom-coms, Reese Witherspoon, single moms getting second chances

Starring: Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Show”), Ashton Kutcher (“That 70s Show”), Jesse Williams (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Tig Notaro (“Star Trek: Discovery”)

Reese Witherspoon stars as Debbie, a single mom in Los Angeles who decides to swap homes for a week with her long-time best friend Peter, who lives in NYC. But while Debbie is off enjoying her time in the big city and being romanced by a hot new guy, Peter looks after Debbie’s son and starts to wonder if maybe he blew it when he had his chance with Debbie years back. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s date night movie or simply need a feel-good rom-com to enjoy with your best animal pal, this is the Netflix pick for you.

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Apple TV

“The Reluctant Traveler”

Premiere Date: February 24

For Fans Of: travel shows like “Conan Without Borders” and “The Layover”

Starring: Eugene Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”)

Follow along with great indoorsman Eugene Levy as he explores the world in this charming new travel show, perfect for those who are, well, not exactly the adventure-seeking type. Watch as Levy gets out of his comfort zone and journeys from the Maldives to Costa Rica and beyond while riding horses, ice fishing and interacting with elephants. Viewers get to know Levy and the world around him through each episode. Who knows, you might just get some ideas for your next getaway with your furry bestie!

“Dear Edward”

Premiere Date: February 3

For Fans Of: uplifting dramas like “A Million Little Things” and “Friday Night Lights”

Starring: Connie Britton (“The White Lotus”), Taylor Schilling (“Orange Is The New Black”), Colin O’Brien (“S.W.A.T.”), Eva Ariel Binder (“Stillwater”), Khloe Bruno (“Bunny and the Wood”)

Based on Ann Napolitano’s bestselling novel, this series follows 12-year-old Edward Adler, the sole survivor in a deadly plane crash, as well as the families and friends of those who didn’t make it. As the grieving connect through a support group, we get to learn more about those who didn’t survive, while also witnessing the impact of the crash on Edward. Definitely keep your snuggliest pet and a box of tissues nearby for this one.

“Hello Tomorrow”

Premiere Date: February 17

For Fans Of: “WandaVision,” “Tomorrowland” and retro-futurism in general

Starring: Billy Crudup (“The Morning Show”), Haneefah Wood (“One Day at a Time”), Teddy Cañez (“Tales of the City”), Allison Pill (“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”)

If you can’t get enough of retro-futurism (aka the way in which people in the 1950s and 60s envisioned the future), this is your series. Billy Crudup stars as a traveling salesman named Jack, who sells some truly unique timeshares… that just so happen to be on the moon. Half the fun is just watching the futuristic devices they’ve come up with in this imaginary world (like a leash that walks your dog for you!).

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“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”

Premiere Date: February 1

For Fans Of: Black Panther, Marvel comics and films

Starring: Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got To Do With It”), Michael B. Jordan (“Creed”), Tenoch Huerta (“The Forever Purge”), Letitia Wright (“Death on the Nile”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Little Monsters”)

Whether you saw the film in theaters three times, or missed this release on the big screen, you and your Marvel-loving pet can now watch “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” in the comfort of your home. This second installment of the Black Panther film series follows Queen Ramonda, Shuri and others as they work to keep their nation safe after the death of King T’Challa. If you happen to have a black cat, we’re pretty sure you’re legally obligated to watch this one with them.

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“And Just Like That… The Documentary”

Premiere Date: February 3

For Fans Of: all things “Sex and the City,” from the series to the films and beyond

Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker (“Hocus Pocus”), Cynthia Nixon (“The Gilded Age”), Kristin Davis (“Deadly Illusions”), Sara Ramírez (“Madam Secretary”), Mario Cantone (“Better Things”)

If you’ve been missing Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte since the Season 1 finale of “And Just Like That…” last year, get ready for this new documentary all about the “Sex and the City” reboot and the actors, writers, producers and crew who bring them to life. Get ready to hear all the behind-the-scenes goodies from SJP (that’s Sarah Jessica Parker, for the uninitiated) and her costars in this riveting doc that’s just the thing to hold you over while you wait for more news to leak about those Aiden photos that keep popping up around the net.
Looking for more ways to spend time with your pet this month? Check out our February calendar full of fun activities and timely reminders for all the things they need. We’ll be back here next month with more recommendations for the newest releases on streaming. Until then, happy watching!

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Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Cat whiskers seem like an ordinary part of your cat’s face, just like our own eyebrows or eyelashes. But unlike our human hair, cat whiskers are much more than a bunch of dead cells.

Cat whiskers serve many essential purposes for our feline friends, largely helping them to navigate the world. We spoke to the experts to help get the lowdown on these cute and useful hairs.

What Are Whiskers?

Cat whiskers are stiff hairs called “vibrissa” (singular) or “vibrissae” (plural), just in case it comes up in trivia. They are twice as thick and coarser than coat hair, says Lana Fraley Rich, the “Catsultant” and well-known cat behaviorist.

They are also more sensitive than regular hair. That’s because whiskers are set three times deeper into the skin than cat fur, and they have blood vessels that make them very receptive to movement. “When air moves over the whiskers, they vibrate, which stimulates the nerves,” explains Rich.

How Many Whiskers Does a Cat Have?

Cats have more whiskers than you’d think: typically 24 whiskers on their muzzle, 12 on each side, according to Dr. Katy Nelson, DVM, Chewy’s resident veterinarian.

But that’s not all. Cat whiskers are also hiding on our furry friends’ chins, above their eyes and even on the back of their front legs just above the paws.

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

They help cats hunt (and avoid being hunted).

This seemingly innocent, cute facial stubble secretly turns cats into stealth, ferocious hunters.

Picture a cat walking down an alley. “When the air hits the wall or another animal, it bounces back, and then the air is detected by the cat’s very sensitive whiskers,” says Rich. It’s like a sixth sense. Cat whiskers not only help them catch the object they’re after but also alert them to approaching predators by detecting changes in the air.

They help cats “see” in the dark.

Ever wonder how cats seem to know where they’re going, even when it’s pitch black? Cat whiskers act as beacons that guide cats at night.

“Their whiskers are almost as important to them as our eyesight and sense of touch is to us,” helping kitties navigate in the dark by sensing subtle changes in air flow and currents, says Rich. That’s why, unlike us, these creatures are adept at finding their way at night. Cat whiskers keep them from stumbling around, knocking things over, and walking right into the furniture.

They help protect a cat’s eyes.

Remember the whiskers above the eye? These functional kitty “eyelashes” have yet another role as antennas. When your cat’s whiskers brush up against something, or when walking underneath a table or chair, these little feelers “trigger a protective blink, when necessary, to protect them from getting poked in the eyes,” says Rich.

They help cats with spatial awareness.

Because whiskers are more sensitive than regular hairs, they help with spatial awareness, sending signals to the brain when air moves past them or an object brushes up against them, Dr. Nelson explains.

In addition, whisker tips house a special sensory organ called proprioceptors that send signals to the brain about the position of a cat’s body, legs and tail. “This is part of the [reason why] cats tend to land on their feet,” Dr. Nelson adds.

They help communicate emotions.

Similar to how we express emotions through our eyebrows and forehead, cat whiskers can actually be an indicator of your favorite feline’s mood. Rich explains that a calm kitty has whiskers that stick out sideways from the face. Cats who are angry or frightened might have their whiskers flat against the cheeks. If your furball is feeling frisky or is on alert, they might push them forward. This information can prove to be pretty useful to cat parents!

Learn more about your cat’s body language.

Why Are Cat Whiskers So Long?

Whisker length depends on the size of the cat, Dr. Nelson says. So, a big Maine Coon, for example, will have much longer whiskers than a small domestic shorthair. (And along similar lines, some cats will have curly whiskers, like a Devon Rex or a Sphynx.)

Do Long Whiskers Mean Cats Need Special Bowls?

Have you ever noticed that cat food bowls tend to be flat and wide? There’s actually a reason for this. Because cat whiskers are so incredibly sensitive, they can experience whisker stress pretty easily.

If your kitty fishes kibble out of the bowl to eat it, you might want to consider a shallow dish to ease those whisker worries. Show your kitty some whisker love with a dish that will make your cat comfy and happy:

Can You Trim Cat Whiskers?

Cat whiskers are pretty amazing, and as we’ve learned, they have so many jobs to do. This is why experts advise you to never intentionally cut a cat’s whiskers, and when you are grooming, pay close attention to make sure you don’t clip a whisker.

“Without their whiskers,” Rich says, “cats can become very stressed, scared and sometimes disoriented. They can start acting dizzy and/or confused because they aren’t receiving their navigation signals—their radar system is ‘down’ until their whiskers get close to being fully grown back.”

Do Cats Shed Whiskers?

Yes, cats do shed their whiskers, Dr. Nelson says. Cat whiskers fall out on their own every few months and grow back in the same spot, which is called the whisker pad, located on the side of the kitty’s face between the nose and the mouth.

Do Cat Whiskers Grow Back?

Yes, if a cat whisker falls out as part of the normal shedding process (remember to never cut them!), they do grow back. It can take two or three months for cat whiskers to grow back, so make sure you let them grow naturally.

Do Cat Whiskers Change Color as Cats Age?

Yes, cat whiskers do change color as cats age. Even though most cat whiskers are white, those that are black to begin with can turn white as your kitty ages.

Now that you’re whisker-wise, you can appreciate that your cat’s whiskers are not just a thing of beauty and pride for your feline companion. They play a much bigger role than mere facial embellishments, helping out with everything from hunting to navigating every environment, even in the dark, so remember to admire them from afar!

Luann Gould contributed to this article. 

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Make These Valentine’s Day Cookie Grams for Your Pet and All Their Furry Friends

Remember back in grade school when you would send candy grams to all your friends (and your crush)? And remember how excited you were to receive one (especially from a secret admirer)? Well, this Valentine’s Day, we’re going old-school and treating our petand all their furry friendsto a pet-friendly version of candy grams: cookie grams.

These Valentine’s Day cookie grams for dogs and cats are so easy to put together, too. All you need are treat bags, ribbon, our printable Valentine’s Day e-cards and a batch of fresh, homemade cookies (we’ve linked to our dog- and cat-friendly cookie recipes below). Or, you can fill the bags up with tasty store-bought treats. They’ll love those, too.

Go on, get assemblingand share the love!

Supplies

Valentine's Day cookie gram supplies BeChewy

Treat bags

Ribbon

6-inch strip, one per bag

Valentine’s Day cards

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Download printables here.

Treats

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Make homemade cookies:

Both recipes include instructions on how to make pet-safe frosting.

Don’t forget the heart-shaped cookie cutters!

Make homemade cookies:

Both recipes include instructions on how to make pet-safe frosting.

Don’t forget the heart-shaped cookie cutters!

Instructions

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Fill the bags with treats.

If making cookies, be sure they’re fully cooled and that the frosting’s hardened before putting into the bags.

Hole-punch the printable cards and slide ribbon through.

Print the cards as small or as big as you’d like!

Tie the bags with ribbon.

And voila! They’re ready to hand out.

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Remember, treats should only constitute a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. Treats should not make up more than 10 percent of your pet’s diet (and if your pet is overweight, it should be even less than that). For example, if your pet needs 200 calories per day, they should have no more than 20 calories from treats. Feeding too many treats can lead to nutrient deficiencies. If your pet has health issues (including sensitivities to fats) or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering any new treats.
From all of us at BeChewy, Happy Valentine’s Day to you, your pet and all their friends!

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Dog Flu Symptoms and Treatments

Can Dogs Get the Flu?

As a veterinarian, I am often asked this question by clients, and the answer is yes, dogs absolutely can and do get the flu. Canine influenza is just as contagious as the human flu, and it makes dogs just as miserable as it makes humans.

Canine influenza infects dogs of any age. Just like human influenza, the virus that causes dog flu can mutate quickly and make new infectious strains. The two most common strains of canine influenza in the United States are H3N8 and H3N2.

How Do Dogs Get the Flu?

Canine flu is very contagious: It has a nearly 100 percent infection rate.

Canine flu is spread through respiratory secretions from barking, sneezing and coughing. Since the virus can remain active in the environment for up to two days, it can also be spread indirectly. If a dog comes into contact with an item that has been contaminated with respiratory secretions from a dog infected with the flu, then that dog can become infected as well.

Can Dogs Get the Flu from Humans?

Dogs and humans don’t share their flu viruses, so no, dogs can’t catch the flu from us.

H3N8 was first identified in Florida in 2004 and is thought to have developed from an equine strain that jumped from horses to dogs. It is now present in most, if not all, states.

H3N2 was identified in 2015, when it caused an outbreak in Chicago and was most likely transmitted to dogs through a mutation in bird flu. Cases of canine H3N2 have since been reported a number of states, including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Louisiana and Illinois, and it’s still spreading.

There is no evidence that either H3N8 or H3N2 can infect humans, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

What Are Dog Flu Symptoms?

Most dogs infected with dog flu develop only mild symptoms. Dogs infected with the flu look just like humans with the flu and can suffer from:

  • Cough that lasts up to three weeks (even with antibiotic treatment) – This is the most common sign.
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal and/or ocular discharge

About 80 percent of dogs who are exposed to the flu virus will show signs. The remaining 20 percent of dogs who do not get sick will still shed the virus and infect other dogs. That means even if your dog does not experience dog flu symptoms, they are still a carrier of the virus and can spread it to other dogs or environments they come into contact with.

How Are Dogs Diagnosed With Dog Flu?

The signs of canine flu can be confused with other infectious diseases, such as kennel cough, and a diagnosis of the flu cannot be made by your veterinarian without testing. There are a variety of tests available, most of which require a simple swab from the throat or the nose. Veterinarians do not tend to keep these tests in-house. It’s likely that the sample will have to be sent to a lab, and test results may take a couple of days.

How Are Dog Flu Symptoms Treated?

If your dog is infected, your veterinarian will be your best resource for guidance about treatment. There is no cure for influenza in dogs, and treatment is purely supportive.

Treatment may include the following:

  • Antibiotics for any secondary bacterial infections (a lot of dogs with the flu will get sinus infections)
  • Anti-inflammatories for fever and malaise
  • Hydration, whether by
    • encouraging your dog to drink lots of clear fluids, or
    • via subcutaneous fluid therapy if the dog is dehydrated, or,
    • intravenous fluid therapy for the more severe cases.

How Can You Prevent Dog Flu From Spreading?

Dogs who are infected with canine influenza are very contagious. If your dog has been diagnosed with the flu, the AVMA recommends they be isolated from all other dogs for four weeks.

In addition, it’s recommended you disinfect the environment with the disinfectant of your choice—canine influenza is easy to kill. Wash and disinfect all bedding, bowls, toys and other items that your dog has been in contact with.

Get tips for properly cleaning dog supplies.

If you have multiple dogs, change your clothing before you interact with other dogs to prevent the disease from spreading.

Is There a Dog Flu Vaccine?

Yes, there are yearly influenza vaccines available for dogs for both H3N2 and H3N8. If your dog is in frequent contact with other dogs at the groomer’s, day care, boarding facilities, training facilities or dog parks, or if you travel with your pet, then you may want to consider getting your dog vaccinated against canine influenza. Talk with your veterinarian about your dog’s risk.

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Dognapping Is On the Rise—These 7 Tips Can Keep Your Dog Safe

Have you heard about an increase in stolen dogs in your community? You’re not alone. Dognapping (aka the dog version of kidnapping) is on the rise across the U.S., with dog thefts up 30% since 2021, according to the American Kennel Club. While high-profile cases like the theft of Lady Gaga’s French Bulldogs have made headlines, everyday people are the most common targets.

If you’re a dog parent, this is one seriously scary trend—but there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your pup.

1 Never leave your dog tied up outside a restaurant, coffee shop or other business.

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Sometimes, dognapping is a crime of opportunity. “There are many cases where somebody isn’t even thinking about stealing a dog—but if the dog is left alone for a few minutes, there are some people who will take anything they can sell,” says Kathleen Summers, the director of outreach and research for the Stop Puppy Mills campaign at the Humane Society of the United States, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

2 Get your dog microchipped.

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Though a microchip cannot guide you or law enforcement to your dog’s location, it can tell a veterinarian how to contact you. That’s why it’s critical to make sure that the contact information connected to your dog’s microchip—such as phone number and address—is current, so authorities know who to call if your dog turns up at a shelter or veterinary clinic.

3 Consider a GPS collar.

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Yes, dog collars can easily be removed—but dog thieves often forget to take them off immediately after running away with a stolen dog. “So, a GPS collar can often give you an idea of where the dog thief was headed before it’s taken off,” Summers says.

4 Spay or neuter your pet.

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Some dog thieves are motivated by the potential of selling your dog to a breeder—and breeders only want dogs who can, well, breed. That makes pups who are spayed or neutered less valuable to potential dognappers.

5 Make sure your yard is secure.

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If you have a backyard where your dog spends time, you should already have a fence that prevents them from getting out. But does your fence prevent thieves from getting in? Higher fences that outsiders can’t see through (as opposed to chain-link fencing or lower barriers that are easier to hop over) make it more difficult for a would-be dog thief to walk into your yard—and away with your dog.

6 Install security cameras and signs.

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If possible, install video-recording devices outside your home that could help identify a dog thief. It’s also a good idea to install signs warning that the property is monitored by security cameras. Dognappers may avoid family homes with security due to the higher risk of getting caught.

7 Keep good photos of your dog.

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We know your camera roll is full of Insta-ready pics of your pup—but make sure you have a collection of non-blurry photos that show any distinctive markings, too. In the event of a pet theft, you’ll want as many clear photos of them as possible to help in the recovery. Get picture-taking pointers from Chewy’s experts here.

Is My Dog at Risk of Kidnapping?

Many dognappers intend to sell the dogs they steal, says Summers. For that reason, certain risk factors might make a dog more attractive to thieves:

  • Size: Smaller dogs are often targeted because they’re easier to pick up and run away with than a larger dog who might be more difficult to control.
  • Age: Puppies and younger dogs are considered more valuable to thieves because they are typically easier to sell for profit.
  • Breed: Purebred dogs are often targeted for their potentially high resale price.
  • Reproductive ability: Would-be dog thieves may intend to sell a dog to a breeder, so dogs who are intact are more at risk than those who’ve been spayed or neutered.

These factors have made certain dog breeds especially prone to theft. “French Bulldogs seem to be very popular with dog thieves because they’re super-expensive dogs,” Summers says. “We’re also seeing a lot of Yorkshire Terriers being stolen, along with other breeds that are small and easy to conceal,” such as Boston Terriers, Pomeranians and Chihuahuas.

Animals with distinct colors and markings may also be more attractive to dognappers, Summers says—but those markings also make stolen pets more identifiable during recovery.

My Dog Has Been Stolen. What Do I Do?

In the worst-case scenario where your dog has been taken, here’s what to do:

  • File a police report: Do this immediately. Include as many details as possible, such as your dog’s last known whereabouts and distinct physical features (like an off-color nail or a chipped tooth) that will help law enforcement identify and return your dog. Emphasize that your dog is not just missing—they have been stolen. (Some police departments may allocate different resources for dog theft than they would for a lost dog.) In a ransom situation, share any messages from the thief with the police.
  • Spread the word: Post flyers in your neighborhood and share details of the dognapping on relevant social media channels. Many neighborhoods have Facebook pages devoted to lost and stolen dogs, for example. Call local animal shelters and rescues and provide them a description and photos of your dog. Enlist family members to spread the word, too.
  • Offer a reward: Promising a cash reward for the safe return of your dog is perhaps the best way to attract media attention to your case, Summers says. You can advertise the reward on the flyers you’re posting around your neighborhood, share it with local shelters and rescues, and even call local TV stations and other media outlets with your story. The further the word spreads, the more people will potentially recognize your stolen pet and the more pressure the dog thief will feel.
  • Check classifieds: Look in newspapers, on Craigslist and social media listings to see whether somebody has posted your dog for sale.
If your dog is stolen, the situation is serious but not hopeless, Summers says. There are many accounts of dogs being recovered following a dognapping—but the experience, both for the pet and the parent, can be traumatic. Use our tips to keep your dog safe—and remember that pet safety doesn’t end there. From car rides to nighttime walks, there are so many ways to make sure your pup is by your side for many years to come.

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The Ultimate Dog Birthday Guide: Gifts, Recipes and More

Show of hands if you spend more time, effort and money throwing your dog a birthday party than your own. Yeah, us, too (and proud of it!). For many of us, celebrating your dog’s birthday can be a very involved process: You need the perfect theme, the perfect decor, the perfect (homemade!) birthday cake, and the perfect outfit for your pup to rock on their big day.

There’s so much to consider, pet parent party planners might be unsure where to start. That’s where this dog birthday guide comes in handy.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to make your dog’s special day as fun, as delicious and as memorable as possiblewhether you decide to keep the celebration low-key with a homemade dog-friendly birthday cake and a special birthday gift, or you go all-out and throw a big, extravagant party with all their friends in attendance.

Dog Birthday Party To-Dos

Wanting to throw a birthday bash this year? Here’s a handy list of dog birthday party to-dos, from decorating and baking the cake to choosing their birthday outfit and more. (A few items are linked; click to learn more.)

Choose a Theme

When planning a dog birthday party, decide on the theme first. This could be a color scheme (like Barbiecore or Pantone’s Color of the Year) or a certain activity (pamper puppy party, anyone?). Maybe you love watching a specific TV show together (like “Wednesday” or “Yellowstone”), or you want to embrace your favorite music festival (Pupchella, FTW). Once you’ve decided, then you can choose the most appropriate invitations, decorations, treats, outfit and more.

Decorate

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Of course, for any birthday party, you’ll want to blow up some balloons, put up some banners and sprinkle the space with streamers. (Skip the confetti, though; curious dogs might eat it.)

Don’t stop there: You’ll also need a photo-worthy backdrop! You can tape or tack up wall streamers and a banner for an eye-catching backdrop. Or, if you don’t have a wall available, build your very own backdrop for your photo booth. (It’s easy; we promise.)

Pick the Perfect Outfit

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Let the birthday boy or girl shine on their big day with a special ‘fit.

Choose from a festive bandana, or, for the dogs who don’t mind slipping into something more, pick up a birthday-themed shirt or a head-turning dress.

Get a Birthday Gift

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Whether you spoil your pup with their next favorite toy, a bag of tasty treats or a box full of goodies, they’re sure to love anything you give them.

Need ideas? We’ve got plenty of dog-approved gifts to browse:

Bake a Cake

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It wouldn’t be a birthday without the birthday cake! And we have not one but two birthday cake recipes for dogs:

Serve Treats

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Treat canine guests to some tasty small bites. From sweet to savory, here are some of our favorite dog-friendly treat recipes:
Don’t feel like baking? Save some time and get treats delivered to your doorstep, instead.

Play Party Games

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In addition to having some toys available for dogs to play with, entertain your guests (both dog and human) with a game or two.

Some party game ideas include:

  • Play a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey called Give a Dog a Bone
  • Play a round of trivia, where guests must answer questions about the guest of honor
  • Create an obstacle course
  • Bob for dog-friendly fruits, like blueberries and strawberries
  • Play doggy scavenger hunt by hiding treats around the house or yard
  • Turn your backyard into a dog water park

Pre-Party Pamper

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Have everything you need for the big day? Great! Now, all that’s left to do is have a spa day.

For your pre-party pamper, give your pup a facial, massage and/or pawdicure.

Setting up a spa day is also a great idea for those looking for a more low-key way to celebrate your pup.

Did You Know? Birthday Edition!

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Happy birthday from all of us at BeChewy!

Planning a birthday party for your pup? Have any advice, tips or want to share photos from their party? Drop a comment or tag @Chewy on social!

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