National Pet Appreciation Week is a campaign created by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1981. The goal of this week-long event is to celebrate and show appreciation for pets.
This year National Pet Appreciation Week starts on Sunday 6th June 2021.
In this article we will be looking at how you can show your pets that they are appreciated with simple gestures like giving them treats or just spending time with them!
Showing our loved ones how much we appreciate them can make us feel good too, so it feels doubly nice when you take the time to be kind to those four legged friends around you 🙂
Why should you appreciate your pets?
Pets don’t just give us unconditional love, they also help with our mental health. It has been proven that humans can benefit from the companionship of their pets and this is what National Pet Appreciation Week aims to do – promote pet ownership by showing how important it is to show appreciation for them.
1. Pets are a great form of company. This might sound obvious, but we all need company and thankfully animals provide it for us! Pets are usually happy to see you when you come home from work or school, they always want cuddles (even if your pet is a cat) and will never say no to playing. It’s important that pets know how much they’re loved
2. Pets can help you out when you’re feeling stressed or lonely. It has been well documented that being around animals can help reduce stress and anxiety. This is because pets provide a form of unconditional love, they also act as an excellent distraction from difficult thoughts or feelings
3. You’ll have someone to talk to at the end of a long day. There’s nothing like talking to your pet when you have problems, they won’t judge and will always listen.
4. Having a pet means that you’re in the company of an animal who will never judge or criticize your actions. They can make you feel better, even when nobody else does. A pet is a friend for life and they will always be there to love you.
5. You’ll get exercise just by walking your dog every day. When it comes to exercise, people who have pets are more likely to walk and explore their neighbourhood.
6. Pets can help you connect with other people, even if they don’t have one. That’s because pets are a great icebreaker. When you’re walking your dog, and someone wants to stop and chat with you, they usually talk to the dog first and get the conversation going.
6. You’ll be able to live longer because pets reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
7. Pets can teach children responsibility, empathy, and compassion. Which are skills that are necessary to navigate this complex world we live in.
How can you show your appreciation for your pet?
1. Take your dog for a walk. They love to get out of the house and explore. Bring along treats that your pet loves for them to snack on while exploring outside.
2. Give your cat some extra attention and play with them with their favorite toy.
3. Buy new toys for your pet rabbit to keep them entertained. Rabbits love to chew on things so try to get them something new like a different colored chew toy.
4. Get a new bed or blanket for your guinea pig to sleep in. Fleece hidey huts are perfect for them.
5. Make sure your pets have good food and clean water available at all times. Their diet will affect their health and lifespan so give them the best you can afford, they’re worth it.
6. Help take care of their hygiene needs (such as brushing teeth, clipping nails, etc).
National Pet Appreciation Week is an annual campaign created by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1981. It’s a time to show your pet how much you love them and get involved with events happening near you!
Show your pets some extra special attention this week, or better yet, all year round. Share photos of their adventures on social media using #NationalPetAppreciationWeek
Remember that it doesn’t take any money to make your pet happy- just try showing your pet some affection today!