The theme for national pet week is ” Give them them a lifetime of love. ” To celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Pet Week®, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) spotlights seven specific needs every pet owner must consider to ensure that their pet lives the longest, healthiest life possible.
Select the pet that’s right for your family’s lifestyle, and make a commitment to that pet for its entire life. Even if you have already welcomed a pet into your home, your veterinarian can help you understand the social and health care needs of your individual pet. For tips on selecting the right pet for your household, from cats and dogs to ferrets and fish.
Learn about how to make your pet comfortable and appropriately prepare your pet to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places and activities.
With an estimated 52.7 percent of dogs and 57.9 percent of cats in the United States considered overweight or obese, the AVMA encourages regular exercise, not only to improve cardiovascular health, maintain a healthy weight, and support good mental health for both owner and pet, but to strengthen the human-animal bond. For tips on walking, running or starting an exercise program with your pet.
Everybody love’s their pets, yet 53.9 percent of cat owners and 48.6 percent of dog owners do not take their pet to the veterinarian unless visibly sick or injured. Pets often hide symptoms of illness. Regular check-ups are vital to catching potential health problems early. Not only can early treatment mean better health for your pet, it can also save money.
Do your part to prevent pet overpopulation. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper timing for spaying or neutering your pet. Avoid unplanned breeding through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.
Include your pets in your family’s emergency plan. The AVMA offers a step-by-step guide to assembling emergency kits and plans for a variety of pets and animals.
Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before – but as pets get older, they need extra care and attention. Regular veterinary examinations can detect problems in older pets before they become advanced or life-threatening, and improve the chances of a longer and healthier life for your pet.