Designed to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond and increase awareness of veterinary medicine, National Pet Week will be celebrated May 5-11 with the theme of “Pets & Vets: The Perfect Duet.” Sponsored by the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association, National Pet Week brings attention to the animals we love and the people who care for them.
“From the moment you realize your pet is ‘the one’ to the last tearful goodbye, your veterinarian helps you provide your pet with a lifetime of love,” states the National Pet Week website. During the celebration’s thirty-fifth anniversary, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is highlighting specific needs every pet owner should consider to ensure that their companions live the longest and healthiest lives possible.
In particular, pet owners are encouraged to choose well and commit for life; socialize their pets; pay attention to diet and exercise; schedule regular check-ups with a veterinarian; do your part to prevent pet overpopulation; be prepared because emergencies happen and give pets a lifetime of love.
During National Pet Week, the AVMA offers a wealth of tips on finding a veterinarian, being a responsible pet owner, keeping pets healthy, vaccinations, pet insurance, pets in vehicles, general safety tips, hospice car for pets, coping with the loss of a pet and more.
In addition, an AVMA survey shares the top 10 pet-owning states: Vermont (at nearly 71 percent), New Mexico, South Dakota, Oregon, Maine, Washington, Arkansas, West Virginia, Idaho and Wyoming. The District of Columbia has the lowest percentage of pet ownership at just under 22 percent.
If you are an animal owner or lover, every week might be National Pet Week for you, but this annual commemoration reminds everyone to care for their pets, schedule regular exams and spread the love.
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