Do we really need another day/week/month in honor of our pets? I guess so, because this week is National Pet Week. Maybe EVERY week is Pet Week for your pets – I know it seems like it for my pets, so what does National Pet Week really mean?
The Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association defines this day as:
National Pet Week is sponsored by the Auxiliary to the AVMA to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.
This year’s theme is “Pets & Vets the Perfect Duet” and the teams at AVMA has put together a variety of ways for vets and the pets they love can celebrate. Visit the National Pet Week website here. https://petweek.org/
The main event held each year is a poster and creative writing contest for next year’s celebration. If you are a pet lover, a teacher, a mom or dad, this is a great opportunity for your kids to get creative and express their love for their pets. Check out the details here. https://www.avmaaux.org/national-pet-week/contests/
The AVMA also conducts a survey on pet ownership every five years. We will be reporting on this in an upcoming Blog Post, but some of the more interesting findings include a list of the top pet-owning states. The most recent top pet owning state is Wyoming with 72% of households owning a pet. Wyoming was closely followed by West Virginia (71%) and Nebraska, Vermont and Idaho with 70%.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “Pet’s & Vets the Perfect Duet”, the AVMA has also provides guidelines for finding and “vetting” your local veterinarian to ensure you find the absolute best care for your pet. https://petweek.org/5-ways-to-vet-your-veterinarian.html
How Should You Celebrate?
I’m sure your pet could provide some ideas, mostly around food I would bet. And a little extra treat wouldn’t hurt. But you could also take a step towards ensuring their health by getting an annual checkup with your vet, or maybe a day of pampering at the spa with a bath, a fluff and mani-pedi! OR maybe your rough and tumble fella would rather spend a day at the beach or hiking in the woods.
You usually can’t go wrong with anything since the best gift you can give your pet is time with you.