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Nearly seven in 10 American pet parents admit they take better care of their pet than themselves, according to new research. And eight in 10 said taking care of their pet actively encourages them to take better care of themselves. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Stella and Chewy’s, the survey looked at the relationship between people and their pets. Here are the top 10 ways respondents said they show their pets they love them.

Ten Ways To Show Your Pet You Love Them

Play with Them Every Day

Active play not only keeps your pet fit and healthy, it also helps them with their cognitive health. It improves your bond with your pet and helps pet parents with their mental and physical health as well!

Tell Them They’re a Good Boy or Girl

It’s true! Your pet loves being told they’re a good boy or girl (but you already knew that!) 

Feed Them Food They Love & Are Excited to Eat

You love to see your pets excited to eat, especially if they’re picky eaters! Making mealtime a positive experience is important to you, and to us. Stella & Chewy’s offers a wide variety of tasty diets and toppers pets love! And, be sure to stay away from food that may be dangerous to your dog or cat.

Feed Them Healthy, Nutritious Food

Pet parents know, an appropriately balanced and nutritious diet is crucial to your pets’ energy level, physical health, digestion, and more. Stella & Chewy’s is committed to providing the highest quality natural pet food with an emphasis on nutrition, palatability, safety, and convenience.

Always Keep Favorite Treats On Hand

Dogs go wild for their favorite treats and pet parents love to reward their pups with them. Made with the world’s finest and safest ingredients, Stella & Chewy’s has nutritious treats your dog will love!

Tell Them You Love Them Regularly

Talking to your pet in an affectionate tone lets them know you care about them and love them.

Provide Them with a Comfy Sleeping Space

Depending on their age, your pet spends a lot of time sleeping! Just like you, they want a soft, warm and supportive place to get their zzzs.  

Make Sure They Have New Toys to Play With

Toys are mentally and physically stimulating and can be important training tools. And, as you may have suspected, it’s true that dogs love new and unfamiliar toys.

Let Them Sleep in Your Bed

This may not be ideal for all pet parents, but some find that sleeping with their pet can ease anxiety and provide feelings of safety.

Take Them to the Vet Regularly

Pet parents know: routine veterinary visits help your pet live a long and healthy life! Not only can the vet detect disease or conditions at an earlier stage, they also can help you manage lifestyle changes for your pet when needed.

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