In honor of National Pet Week, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) is reminding veterinarians to advise their clients to cherish the human-animal bond and to embrace responsible pet ownership.
National Pet Week runs from May 6 to May 12 and this year’s theme is a “Lifetime of Love—The basics: Seven days to a happier, healthier pet.” Each day is dedicated to a specific pet-related topic:
- May 6 emphasizes the importance of selecting pets that mesh well with people’s lifestyles and making a firm commitment to caring for pets
- May 7 encourages pet owners to socialize their companion animals early and prep them for various interactions with places, activities, animals, and people
- May 8 urges pet owners and their pets to engage in regular exercise
- May 9 recommends regular visits to the veterinarian
- May 10 celebrates the human-animal bond
- May 11 provides tips for developing emergency kits for unexpected incidents, such as natural disasters
- May 12 summarizes the week’s advice
TVMA says its goal for this week is to remind pet owners to give pets’ a lifetime of love and improve their quality and length of life by taking them in for regular veterinary exams and by providing regular wellness care.