Celebrates National Pet Week

National Pet Week celebrates the pets that enrich our lives and encourages responsible pet care every day of the year. Created by the AVMA and the Auxiliary to the AVMA in 1981, it's observed during the first full week of May each year.

Whether companion, comedian, confidant, or protector, our pets are always there for us. National Pet Week celebrates this bond and encourages pet owners to be certain to provide their best friends with everything needed for a happy, healthy life. Veterinarians, veterinary technicians, school groups, and communities host a variety of fun and informative events throughout the week.

Everyone loves their pets, but not everyone is aware of all that their pet needs to be happy and healthy long into its senior years. AVMA's member veterinarians – experts in animal health, welfare, and behavior – invite you to take each of the essential actions highlighted during National Pet Week® that are vital to provide a lifetime of love:

Daily themes
Each day of the week focuses on a different topic essential to responsible pet ownership:

Sunday: Choose well: Commit for life
Monday: Socialize now: New doesn't have to be scary
Tuesday: Nutrition and exercise matter
Wednesday: Love your pet? See your vet!
Thursday: Travel with care
Friday: Emergencies happen: Be prepared
Saturday: Plan for their care: Give them a lifetime of love

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