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Celebrate National Pet Week: May 3-9, 2020

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
2 months ago

As pet parents know, we can always count on our pets to be there for us.  No matter what else is going on in our lives, our furry friends are always right beside us with a listening ear and wagging tail to lift our spirits and make our world a little bit brighter. 

Pets can sense their people’s emotions, which is one of the reasons the human-animal bond is so strong.  National Pet Week is an opportunity to celebrate this bond. 

Okay, so many of us celebrate our furry family members every day, but do you know everything your pet needs in order to live a long, happy, healthy life?  This week is an opportunity to give back to your furry friend.  You can also take advantage of the information and activities offered by experts to help your pet live his healthiest life possible.

What is National Pet Week?

National Pet Week began in 1981.  It was founded by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMAAUX)This week-long recognition of our furry friends is observed during the first full week of May each year.  It is sponsored by the Auxiliary to the AVMA. 

The objective of this week is: 

  • To foster responsible pet ownership 
  • To recognize the human-animal bond
  • To increase public awareness of veterinary medicine
  • To assist the advancement of the science and art of veterinary medicine
  • To strengthen communication among those associated with the veterinary profession

How You Can Join the Celebration

With social distancing orders in place in so many areas throughout the country, you may be wondering how you can celebrate this week.  Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get Outside With Your Pet: With the warmer weather upon us, why not take a break and get outside with your furry friend.  Enjoy a long walk or game of fetch in your own yard.  Your pet just wants to spend time with you.  So, even while we social distance, make time to enjoy the spring weather with your pet.
  • Buy Your Pet a Present: Everyone loves a surprise gift. Why not pick up a special toy to thank your best friend for always being there for you.
  • Take Pictures of Your Pet: Better yet, take pictures of your pet and share them on your social media.  Use the hashtag #NationalPetWeek
  • Help Pets in Need: Donate money, food, toys, beds, or blankets to a shelter or an animal welfare organization in your area.
  • Give Your Time: Volunteer your time helping animals at your local shelter.
  • Make Your Dog Some Homemade Treats: We thought these heart-shaped dog waffle treats sounded yummy.  If you have your own dog-treat recipes, share them on social media.
  • Schedule an Annual Veterinarian Exam for Your Pet: Schedule an appointment for a few months out so that you can be sure your pet receives their regular check-up.
  • Thank a Veterinarian For His/Her Hard Work: Take the time to reach out or send a car to thank your vet for keeping your pet healthy and happy.
  • Educate Yourself On How To Care For Your Pet: Take the time to read articles and complete some research so that you can provide your pet with the best care possible.

This year each day of the week focuses on a different topic that is essential to responsible pet ownership.  You can check out the AVMA website for further information and resources on each of the topics.  The subjects are as follows:

Make Sure Your Pet is Up-To-Date on Vaccinations and Vet Care

Take time this week to make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and all necessary and needed vet care.

Unexpected veterinary services can be costly.  Having pet insurance can save you money in the long run. Here at PetFirst, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets, no matter how responsible the owner.  PetFirst is here for every canine and cat and can help cover unexpected vet visits. 

Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured, you don’t have to worry about the financial aspect of your pet’s care. Make sure your pet is covered with PetFirst Pet Insurance.  

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