National Pet Appreciation Week

national pet appreciation weekJune 6th through 11th is National Pet Appreciation Week!

It is a great feeling to come home and be excitedly greeted by our pets!!  Our pets make us feel appreciated, and this week we can return that appreciation.

Showing your pet that you appreciate them benefits both of you. Studies show that owning a pet improves heart health and helps to decrease stress and anxiety. When you take your canine friend for a thirty minute walk every day, you’re also getting your daily amount of recommended exercise, which will extend both of your lives!

Show your pet a little extra love this week and let them know how much you appreciate them!!  They’ll sure feel appreciated and we bet you will feel pretty awesome about it too!!

Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate National Pet Appreciation Day with your pet.

  • Take your pup camping! Dogs love spending time in the great outdoors.
  • Everyone knows that dogs love to play fetch, but did you know that cats enjoy it too? Make sure to throw the toy across the room where it is still in sight, and choose a toy small enough in size for your cat to carry in their mouth, but large enough that they don’t swallow it.
  • Introduce your pup to some new surroundings! Take them to the river, the marina, or a new park to discover new sights and smells. Make sure they are all up to date on vaccines of course!
  • Playing with kitty? Cats feel less threatened the closer you are to their level. Get down on the floor with your feline friend and spend some time cuddling. Your cat will be purring in no time.
  • Keep your pets well groomed! We feel better after a fresh haircut or a nice manicure and so do our tail-wagging loved ones. Make sure to regularly trim your pet’s nails and groom their coats. Your pet will feel and look so great, you may have to break out the camera for some “pet selfies”!
  • Make some organic pet treats! Not only will your pet love the taste of these fresh-baked treats, they also have great health benefits.
  • Take your dog hiking!
  • Cats love chasing reflections. Catch the light from a CD or other reflective object and watch your cat go wild while getting a daily dose of healthy exercise. Make sure to avoid laser pointers. They can be bad for your cat’s eyes.
  • Pets will inevitably get sick or injured sometime during their lives, so make sure your pet has regular wellness exams, is up to date on vaccines, and that you have developed a relationship with a veterinarian who is familiar with your pet and their health needs.

At Fairgrounds Animal Hospital we understand that your pets are more than just companions—they’re family. Let’s show our furry loved ones a little extra love this week. Let us know how you appreciate your pet! Email us a picture of your pet along with their story and we may feature your cat or dog on our Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter pages, or our website!

Happy Pet Appreciation Week!

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