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May

May is filled with several important pet health events: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month and National Pet Week. For National Pet Week, we included an article for each day’s theme. We encourage you to post TexVetPets articles all month long. Please find shareable social media posts below that recognize these significant events.


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Sunday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is “Choose Well: Commit for Life.” Learn how you can choose the best pet for your life by reading this article.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/responsible-pet-owner/


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Monday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is “Socialize now: New doesn’t have to be scary.” Help your pet get comfortable in new situations by exposing it safely to a variety of interactions with other animals, people, places, and activities. Everyone is more comfortable when pets are well socialized!

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/socializing-your-puppy/


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Tuesday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is ”Nutrition and exercise matter.” An estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Many people face the same issue, and the AVMA encourages pet owners to get regular exercise—with their pets! This improves cardiovascular health, helps both pets and people maintain a healthy weight, supports good mental health for both owner and pet, and strengthens the human-animal bond.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/food-for-thought-portioning-food-for-dogs-and-cats-2/


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Wednesday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is “Love your pet? See your vet!” Regular preventive care is critical to keep pets healthy and improve both quality and length of life. It also can save owners a great deal of money in the long run. Don’t wait to take your pet to the veterinarian only when it’s visibly sick or injured. Pets often hide signs of illness, and regular check-ups are vital to catching health problems early. Early treatment means better health for your pet.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/preventative-care-dogs/


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Thursday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is “Travel with care.” Traveling with pets requires advance planning and coordination to keep everybody safe. Whether you’re taking a short car trip or flying to another state or country, getting your pet safely to your destination requires special precautions. These range from proper restraints during travel to veterinary exams and travel certificates. Plan ahead, and know exactly what’s needed when you travel with pets of different species.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/traveling-with-pets/


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Friday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is “Emergencies happen: Be prepared.” We never know when or where an emergency will happen. As a pet owner, you need to plan ahead, and include your pets in your family’s emergency plan. Know what to do in case of an emergency, how to assemble emergency and first aid kits, and how to properly identify your pets so your family can be reunited if you’re ever separated.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/first-aid-kits-for-dogs/


National Pet Week: May 5-11 (Saturday Post)

Happy National Pet Week! Each day of this week celebrates a theme that raises awareness of responsible pet ownership. Today’s theme is “Plan for their care: Give them a lifetime of love.” Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before—and as pets get older, they need extra care and attention. Regular veterinary examinations can detect problems in older pets before they become advanced or life-threatening. They also can improve your pet’s chances for a longer and healthier life. Learn what’s “normal” and what may signal a reason for concern about an aging pet.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/caring-for-your-senior-pet/


National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day: May 11

Today marks National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, a time to develop or revisit your plan for ensuring your pets will be safe in the wake of a natural disaster. One of the most important measures you can take is to create a pet disaster kit.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/natural-disasters-planning-for-pet/


Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Is your dog or cat keeping you up at night with his itching, licking and chewing? Does he get “hot spots” or ear infections every spring? He may have an allergy! Allergies can be frustrating because they cannot technically be cured, but here are some tips to keep your pet happy and itch-free.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/prevent-allergies-pet/


Sunburn in Animals

Do you have a white pet that spends time outside? Any pet is subject to sunburn, but a predominantly white dog or cat is the equivalent to a fair-skinned person in terms of sunburn potential. Click the link for tips on keeping your pet from getting burned.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/pets-can-get-sunburned-too/


Heatstroke in Animals

As the weather warms up and the days get longer, it is natural to spend more time outside with our pets. However, all that fun in the sun can cause heatstroke, especially in indoor animals that are not acclimated to the heat. This article outlines tips on keeping your pet safe as the weather continues to warm.

https://www.texvetpets.org/article/heatstroke/