“LOVE YOUR PET, SEE YOUR VET” is the theme of National Pet Week 2013 from May 5 – 11.
Pets are an important part of many families and homes. We show our love to them with providing food and shelter, through spending time in play and exercise, and by taking trips to visit the veterinarian.
Your pet’s health is an important factor and responsibility to consider when making the decision to become a pet owner. Research the respective animal’s health needs and be sure you can provide all the necessary and proper care that a particular pet requires.
Once you have your pet, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. During your visit, the veterinarian gives your new pet an examination to determine its current health status. If there are any immediate health needs, proper treatment can be recommended. Your pet may also need immunizations to protect it from common diseases that might endanger its wellbeing. Since nutrition is vital to your pet, the veterinarian can advise on proper feeding. To help your pet if it gets lost, your veterinarian can provide a microchip that will assist in locating it.
After your first visit, your pet may need some follow-up visits to complete any immunizations given in a series to be fully effective. Every year thereafter, you need to take your pet to the veterinarian since some immunizations need a booster and a pet’s health may change from year to year as it gets older. Be sure to watch for those out of the ordinary signs that give hints your pet has a health problem now and needs a visit between annual exams. Veterinary care over the years can help your pet and you have a long and enjoyable time together.
“National Pet Week is sponsored each year by the Auxiliary to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of the value of veterinary medicine to people and their animals,” said Gregory Mooney, President of the Auxiliary to the AVMA.