Let’s take a little time out of our busy lives to celebrate National Pet Week (May 7th-13th)! While love is one of the most valuable ingredients in caring for a pet, sometimes we forget other vital components in their daily lives. This week will allow us to focus on other important aspects of pet ownership! We have highlighted something for every stage of pet care this week. Take a look!
Sunday: Make sure you select a pet that is optimal for your family’s lifestyle. The best way to do this is to research the breed you are thinking of getting. Some breeds are better for a more active lifestyle whereas some are better for a more laid back family. You should also make sure you have enough time to spend with your new pet. Puppies especially need a lot of enrichment to keep their brains occupied and healthy.
Monday: Learn how to properly socialize your furry friend. Take your furry family member to doggy daycare once a week where they get to be with other dogs and people. Plan encounters with other people and have them reward your pet with treats to create a positive experience.
Tuesday: Exercise your pet on a regular basis. Take your furry friend on a early morning or evening walk around the neighborhood. If you have a pool, swimming is a great form of exercise for dogs! Even playing fetch in the back yard gets your pet running and exercising. By properly exercising your pet, you are reducing the chances of obesity in your pet.
Wednesday: Make sure your furry friend is seen by your Veterinarian on a regular basis. Here at VCF, we recommend bringing your pet in for a visit every 6 months. This allows us to stay on top of your pet’s health and wellness.
Thursday: The importance of spaying and neutering your furry friend. Talk with your veterinarian about when it is recommended to spay or neuter your furry friend. By doing so, you are helping decrease overpopulation and unplanned breeding. There are also several health risks associated with not spaying or neutering your furry family member such as the increased possibility of cancer.
Friday: Know what to do if an emergency happens. Just like in people, you can’t predict when an emergency is going to happen to your furry family member. Know what emergency clinics are around you and which is most recommended by your regular veterinarian. Having both the emergency clinic’s information as well as the number for poison control in an easy to find location is ideal for any home with pets.
Saturday: Give your pet the most love you can throughout their life. Luckily our furry friends are living longer healthier lives but, unfortunately they don’t live as long as we do. Therefore, it’s important to show them all the love that you can in their short life. Especially as our fury friends get older, it is important to make sure they are receiving proper veterinary care. Bringing your senior pet to the veterinarian on a regular basis can help detect any medical issues early before they become serious or life-threatening.
For more information on National Pet Week, tune in to the AVMA’s website!