Every day our pets protect us, make us laugh, and keep us company. This week is National Pet Week. Always the first full week in May, National Pet Week is dedicated to celebrating the more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day.
If you’re in one of the 82.5 million homes with a pet, you may want to thank your pet by installing a monitored smoke and heat detector or a monitored carbon monoxide (CO) detector. The smoke/heat detector will alarm for fire, high temperatures, or low temperatures thereby protecting your pet from fire and extreme temperatures. The carbon monoxide detector will protect your pet from carbon monoxide gas.
Here are additional ways in which you can thank your pet this week:
Go for a walk: 55% of dogs and cats are overweight. Physical activity will improve your pet’s health and yours as well.
Visit the vet: preventative healthcare increases the chances of a positive outcome and the cost of prevention is less than the cost of treating a problem.
Take your pet to an animal friendly event: from parades and festivals to winery tours, your pet is welcome in more places than you might realize and 70% of the events on this calendar benefit homeless pets in your community.
Brush your pet: regular grooming is a great way to keep your pet clean and check for fleas and ticks.
Don’t have a pet? You can volunteer at a local shelter.
If you’re an animal lover, take a look at the fur-babies of some of our authors. Click on each one to see if you guessed the owner correctly.