Treating Your Pet This Valentine’s Day

Midnight Wine

Photo courtesy of Robyn Hagle

While you already may have plans with your significant other on Valentine’s Day, don’t forget about your furry family members!

A company called Apollo Peak created a line of wines specifically for your cat or dog! Their products are all made with organic ingredients and do not contain any alcohol. Per Apollo Peak, “All of our pet wine products have a proprietary blend that includes all-natural organically grown herbs, fresh beets and natural preservatives to help hold the taste and color.” Their drinks are all aptly named – for cats these products include Catbernet, Pinot Meow and White Kittendel; for dogs, Zinfantail MalBark and CharDOGnay.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, “the feline wine relies on catnip to produce a stimulating effect, the dog drinks are made with brewed peppermint or chamomile to help calm your pup down.” None of these products contain any grapes, which are harmful to both cats and dogs.

So, how exactly does pet wine get made? Per The Denver Post, President and CEO Brandon Zavala, “scoops catnip into two white bags that he’ll submerge in a large vat of water. He measures the contents of each to about the volume of a 5-pound bag of flour. In the kitchen’s back corner another employee cuts beets, mashing them into a juicer as she goes. She runs the liquid through a funneled filter, removing extra foam from the juice. After the catnip-filled bags have had time to steep in the water, Zavala adds the beet juice and cools the mixture.”

This Valentine’s Day, cuddle up with your pet while both of you enjoy a glass of wine! Pet wine can be purchased in Chicago at Tree House Humane Society or Inkling.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.