Celebrating National Pet Month!

Celebrating National Pet Month!

Did you know April is National Pet Month? That means it’s time to start celebrating our pets and the joy they bring, as well as to educate and raise awareness of responsible pet ownership.

National Pet Month is a campaign run by the National Office of Animal Health, which dedicates 30 days from 1st April 2022, to raising awareness of the importance of being a responsible pet owner. From the benefits of owning a pet to making use of pet care specialist advice and highlighting the value assistance companion animals bring. National Pet Month is as equally fun as it is educating.

Being a responsible pet owner

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For those of you considering taking on a new pet, whether it be a cat, rabbit or dog, here’s our quick checklist of ways to ensure you’re being a responsible pet owner.

  • Only get a pet if you can afford to give it the life and comfort it needs.
  • Ensure that your pet is getting as much exercise as required for their breed.
  • Properly socialise your pet and train them as necessary.
  • Make sure to look after your pet’s dental hygiene, with regular check-ups and an appropriate diet.
  • Consider getting insurance for your pet that covers any accidents and/or illnesses.
  • Shower them with love and affection – they deserve it!

The purpose of National Pet Month is for experienced pet owners and new pet owners alike, to ensure the welfare needs of their pets are being met. For more information, check our new blog ‘Your pets 5 welfare needs’. Where we discuss the core pet welfare needs and what to consider when taking on a pet

Celebrating National Pet Month

As important as it is to continue to educate people about the importance of being a pet owner, it’s also a time to cherish our furry companions. To help you make the most out of celebrating your pet, we’ve compiled some fun things to do throughout the month.

Make your pet a handmade toy!

If you have a dog, you can make a simple chew toy from an old sock and water bottle. For cat owners, why not plait some old strips of fabric together to make a chasing toy. Rabbits on the other hand enjoy something new to play with outside. You could cut some holes in an old cardboard box for an at-home agility course.

Treat your pet to some new snacks!

We all love to indulge in some good food when we feel like celebrating, why should our pets be any different? You could combine a new type of treat with learning a new trick too.

Try a new activity with your pet!

Have you been looking at a new walk route you really want to try? Well, this month is the time to try it, if there’s some water for your dog to jump in, even better!

For cats, why not treat them to some catnip or a new toy. You can also let your rabbit out of its runner and give it some exploring time. Rabbits love to dig, run and jump.

Take some pictures and make a pet photo album!

Our pets really do grow before our eyes, and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the changes and growth. By taking lots of pictures regularly you can remember the best moments and look back on your miniature furry friends.

Don’t forget to share any of your pet pictures with us on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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