As a token of appreciation, pet owners celebrate National Pet Week, which falls on the first full week of May. These seven days, spanning May 7-May 13 in 2017, remind pet owners to cherish the human-animal bond and to recognize responsible pet ownership.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB)
May 05, 2017
Pets bring laughter, joy and love into people’s homes without asking for much in return. As a token of appreciation, pet owners celebrate National Pet Week, which falls on the first full week of May. These seven days, spanning May 7-May 13 in 2017, remind pet owners to cherish the human-animal bond and to recognize responsible pet ownership. Pet owners can live out these values by following action items outlined by National Pet Week’s theme this year, “Lifetime of Love—The Basics: Seven Days to a Happier, Healthier Pet.” Adhering to this advice fosters a lifetime of health, happiness and love for pets.
The first day, May 7, highlights the importance of individuals selecting pets that mesh well with their lifestyles and making a firm commitment to caring for pets. Monday, May 8, encourages pet owners to socialize pets early and prep them for an array of interactions with places, activities, animals and people. This will make for positive experiences in any situation. Day three urges pet owners and their pets to engage in regular exercise, which will curb the obesity rate among dogs and cats in the U.S.
“An overweight or obese animal has a higher risk for arthritis, respiratory compromise, diabetes, skin problems, increased surgical risks, heart disease and a reduced lifespan,” said Carol Hillhouse, DVM, DABVP, of Carson Veterinary Clinic and High Plains Animal Hospital in the Texas Panhandle. “Your veterinarian is your best resource for determining whether your pet is in an…