If you didn’t already know, Pet Appreciation Week, or PAW, is from June 6 to 12 this year. Pet Appreciation Week is a time to celebrate how much our pets mean to us. This can be done in many ways to show your pet how you appreciate them, whether it’s with a special treat or toy, or simply by spending extra time with them. Our pets do a lot more for us than provide unconditional love; they also help us relieve stress and encourage us to exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, pets can decrease your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol, and increase your opportunities for socialization.
With that in mind, here are some of the ways we think you can give your pet a great Pet Appreciation Week.
- Make sure your pet’s information is up-to-date. If your pet has a microchip, now is an excellent time to check and make sure your information is current in the microchip database. Make sure your pet is registered in the town where you live, and that the information on your pet’s tags is current. That way you increase the chances of being reunited with your pet if they ever stray away from home.
- Make an appointment with your vet for a regular checkup. As much as pets hate going to the vet, your furry friend will thank you in the long run. Pay extra attention to your pet’s health this week. Make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and have your veterinarian do a routine check to make sure your pet is healthy. We all want to spend as much time as we can with our pets—and this is one of the best ways to have them around for a long, long time.
- Make some healthy, tasty treats for your cat or dog. What’s better than a treat baked with your love? Homemade treats are also a great way to monitor your pet’s diet since you are the chef. There are plenty of recipes that can be found online. Just be sure to introduce new foods gradually and if you have any concerns about the ingredients, it’s best to check with your veterinarian.
- Give them a spa day. After all of the running around and playing that they do, your pet (and maybe you too) are going to need something time to wind down and relax. Take them to the groomers to get all cleaned up. While you’re at it, get yourself a treatment as well—maybe a massage or a haircut while you’re waiting for your pet. Go on—you deserve it for being a good furparent.
- Perform a safety check around your home. Pet Appreciation Week is a great time to make sure your home is as safe as it can be for your pet. Check to be sure that all household cleaners, antifreeze and other potential toxins are locked away out of your pet’s reach. Do the same with small tools, batteries and other items small enough to pose a choking hazard. Mothballs, tobacco, nicotine replacement gum, rubber bands, string, dental floss and most sugar free gum can also be dangerous for your pet, so keep them up and out of the way.
- Have someone watch your pet while you’re out. This is when your pets can get up to the most mischief! It’s also when they get the most anxious and scared—separation anxiety can be difficult to deal with, even with the otherwise most well-adjusted pets. If you can’t find a trusted neighbor or family member to do it for you, we at Pet Nanny are more than happy to help you out. Our Pet Nannies are experts in caring for all sorts of pets with all sorts of needs.
This year’s Pet Appreciation Week is a chance for you to show your pet that they mean the world to you. And really, that’s what it’s all about. We at Pet Nanny are ready to take over any pet caretaking duties should you be unable to spend time with your pet. If you have a busy schedule, give us a call and we will make sure your pets get all the attention they need. Contact us at 734-981-6108 or use our on-line contact form and we will be in touch with you shortly.