Whether it is as a companion, confidant or protector, our pets are always there for us, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is asking pet owners to take part in National Pet Week (May 3-9). It’s the perfect time to celebrate furry, feathered or finned friends, and for pet owners to commit to a lifetime of love through responsible pet ownership, officials said in a statement.
As such, the AVMA is dedicating each day of National Pet Week on a different topic essential to responsible ownership. So far, topics have included selecting the right pet for your family, learning how to socialize dogs and cats, and why nutrition and exercise matter.
Up next? Mark your calendars for the following:
- Wednesday – Love Your Pet? See Your Vet! Many pet owners do not take their pets to the veterinarian unless they are visibly sick or injured, according to officials. "Pets often hide signs of illness," officials said. "Regular check-ups are vital to catching health problems early. Not only can early treatment mean better health for your pet, it can also save you money." For details, visit here.
- Thursday – Travel with Care. Whether you’re taking a short car trip or flying to another state or country, AVMA officials said that advance planning and coordination are essential to keep everybody safe. This may include having proper restraints during travel to veterinary exams and travel certificates, according to officials. For details, visit here.
- Friday – Emergencies Happen: Be Prepared. Pets should be included 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. The guide can be found here.
- Saturday – Plan for Their Care: Give Them A Lifetime of Love. Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they have before, officials said. However, 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." The AVMA has a special page for senior pets here. To download the AVMA Pets Age Faster chart to check how your pet’s real age compares with yours, click here.