National Pet Month

National Pet Month runs between 1 April and 7 May, and aims to raise awareness of responsible pet ownership, through the use of educational campaigns. It celebrates the benefits of living with pets, whatever their size, alongside raising awareness of the value of working and assistance companion animals (such as Hearing and Guide Dogs). It is a great chance for animal lovers to join forces to raise money for those pets in need.

People up and down the country give up their time to organise various events for pet owners up and down the country to enjoy; from Vet Practice Open Days, organised dog walks, cake sales and even local shows, as the Nation embraces National Pet Month. To find out more or to get your fundraising kit please visit www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk.

In the meantime, here are some top tips for keeping your pet healthy and happy…

  • Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained. This is particularly important for dogs.
  • Provide a nutritious and well- balanced diet – having an overweight pet can be very dangerous to their wellbeing. If you have concerns about yourpet, contact your local vet or feed specialist to see how a change in diet can help.
  • Give your pet plenty of exercise. This doesn’t just apply to dogs – all pets need exercise. If you have a caged animal, make sure they have plenty of space to run around in and that you dedicate time to play with them. Pets who aren’t active enough are at increased risk of diabetes, arthritis and heart disease.
  • Make sure their teeth are in tip top condition. Just as we regularly visit the dentist, your pet needs check ups too. If you can, brush you pets teeth, or give them a diet that will help keep their teeth healthy. If you have rodents, make sure they have plenty to chew to keep their teeth from getting sharp and uncomfortable!
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped. As of April 2016, it became a legal requirement in England and Scotland to ensure your dog is microchipped. Regularly groom your pet. Not only does this help improve their coat, it also gives you the opportunity to check for lumps and bumps.