Friday, May 10, 2013

Celebrate National Pet Week with Pet Health Market

This week veterinary clinics, classrooms, communities and pet owners all over the country are celebrating National Pet Week. National Pet Week is recognized from May 5-11 and celebrates the human/animal bond with local fundraisers and fun events aimed to better educate owners about responsible pet ownership. The slogan for National Pet Week, “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet,” highlights the fact that routine physical exams is important to the long term health of pets and that too few animals receive regular exams. In this post, Pet Health Market has outlined actions and products that will help you and your furry friend celebrate National Pet Week.

Visit the Vet
Taking your pet to receive regular veterinary exams is one of the most important actions you can do for the health of your pet. Much like yearly physical checkups and routine dental appointments for humans, yearly vet visits help detect a pet’s health problems in its early stages. Catching a pet’s health issue sooner rather than later usually results in less expensive treatment and a higher success rate. To find a veterinarian in your area, visit or you can ask you friends or pet neighbors for a veterinarian referral. Before committing to a vet you should visit the clinic in person, without your pet. Ask to take a tour of the facility and take note of how the employees interact with the pets and the human owners. Consider if the office hours and location work with your schedule, if they accept pet insurance and your preferred form of payment. After doing your research and taking a clinic tour, we recommend using your gut instinct when making the final decision.

A well groomed pet is a happy pet
Keeping your pet well groomed and clean not only benefits their physical appearance and health but also impacts the way a pet feels about themselves which affects behavior. Whether you have a pet groomer or care for your pet at home, frequent grooming of your dog or cat will have them looking their best and make them easier to love! Bathing your dog with medicated dog shampoo helps to relieve dry and irritated skin resulting from allergies and parasites. Daily brushing of your pet’s coat with a comb that reaches the skin will help clean them and remove loose hair. Don’t forget to brush your pet’s teeth, clip their nails and to clean their eyes and ears. For more information on pet grooming and grooming products visit the site.

Keeping your Pets Entertained
While stressing the responsibilities of pet ownership this National Pet Week, we don’t want to lose sight of the fact that pet ownership is fun and rewarding! Find activities and events that both you and your pet find enjoyable. Whether it’s heading down to the local dog park, going on hikes or bringing your pet on vacation, spending time with your pet is a great bonding activity. If your pet prefers to remain inside there are many toys that will keep your pets entertained and out of trouble. For aggressive chewers we recommend Kong dog toys, which are made of natural soft rubber and are nearly indestructible. Cats will love the Kong Wubba toy which is specially designed to appeal to a cat’s stalking instincts and desire to capture prey. Cats will find the natural catnip and the crackle sound the tail makes irresistible and will keep them entertained for hours!

We hope National Pet Week has increased the awareness of responsible pet ownership and the tips covered in this post become habits you incorporate into pet care over the years. For more information on responsible pet ownership and pet supplies visit Pet Health Market.


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