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National Pet Week: May 5th-11th

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
5 months ago

As almost all pet parents know our pets are more than furry creatures with whom we share our space. They are often our best friends, closest confidantes, exercise partners, favorite snugglers (we won’t tell), shoulders to cry on, and so much more.

Our pets see us at our best and at our worst, and they still love us with unparalleled devotion.  They would willingly give up their lives to protect ours. 

The bond between a pet and his or her person is one of the most unique relationships.

That’s why every year, the first full week in May is dedicated to celebrating this bond between pets and their people.

This is also another way to encouraging all people and pet parents to be responsible pet owners throughout the lives of their beloved fur friends.

With the start of May upon us, we thought we would give you a little background on National Pet Week and invite you to join the celebration!

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).

The national week-long celebration of all the furry ones who fill our lives with love is sponsored by the Auxiliary to the AVMA.  The purpose of recognizing 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 can you get involved?

You can do everything from exercise with your furry best friend to take him to the vet for a wellness checkup.

If you are creative, you can check out the Auxiliary to the AVMA’s website and take part in the poster and creative writing contests for National Pet Week 2020.  This year winners were chosen in 2019. All submission guidelines, entry forms, and postmark deadlines are available on their website.

Become the best possible pet owner

Whether you’ve had pets all your life or you are about to adopt your first family pet, there is much new information for pet owners of all ages.

Organizations like petweek.org are offering topics for each of the seven days of the week.  Each issue is designed to help pet owners become more informed about what their pets need to live a long, happy, and healthy life.

Topics include:

  • Socialization of dogs and cats
  • Selecting the right pet for your family
  • Walking with your pet
  • Starting an exercise program for your pet
  • The importance of regular checkups for your pet
  • Information from the Human Animal Bond Research Institute and
  • The positive health benefits of the human-animal bond on both people and their pets

An abundance of information

How do I know if my vet is really right for my pet?  Should I board my pets or hire a pet sitter?  What should I ask the vet at my pet’s annual exam?

If you are like most pet owners, you have had questions and wondered who to ask.  During National Pet Week, you will be able to find answers to all your pet-related questions and more.

Ask your local veterinarian’s office what they have planned.  Chances are they have information or handouts.  If not, why not suggest they hold a contest?

If you are looking for a veterinarian for your pet, check out  Five Ways to “Vet” Your Veterinarian.

Also, petweek.org lists ‘Top 5 Things to Think of Before You Visit the Veterinarian.’

Do something for a pet or a Vet

That’s right.  We gave you some suggestions and resources.  Now come up with some things you can do for your pet, veterinarian, and vet staff.  

  • Thank your vet – after all, this celebratory week was founded by the AVMA.  It’s a perfect time to show your appreciation to the veterinarian and staff who ensure your pet’s health and well-being.
  • Volunteer at an animal shelter – whether you have a pet or not, animal shelters could always use an extra set of hands to help out.  It’s a great time to get outside and take some dogs for walks.  Animals in shelters would love the companionship.
  • Schedule a checkup – if your pet hasn’t seen the vet in some time, this week is an excellent opportunity to set up an appointment.  Even if your pet seems fine, your vet can alert you to any concerns that could become problems if not treated.  And you’ll have peace of mind knowing your pet is up-to-date on all vaccines and in good health.
  • Get pet insurance – unexpected veterinary bills can total thousands of dollars.  Make sure your emergency plans include a plan for your pet.  Having a pet insurance plan ensures your pet will get the necessary medical treatment if and when he needs it.

The team at PetFirst Pet Insurance loves helping pet parents have the ability to give their pets the best care possible.

Pet insurance provides peace of mind that if your pet gets sick or injured you don’t have to think twice about the financial aspect and just focus on your pet’s care.

We even offer Senior Pet Insurance Policies as well as Routine Care Coverage to fit every budget.

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