National Pet Month runs from today (1st April) right through to the 4th May and it aims to raise awareness about pet welfare and how us owners can take even better care of our fluffy friends.
Basically, the event aims to:
- promote responsible pet ownership
- make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
- increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
- raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals
All very laudable I’d say!
There are a whole bunch of events taking place up and down the UK (in theory – although Scotland isn’t represented at all, strangely) from competitions to festivals to shows. To find one taking place near you visit the map: http://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk/events/
Alternatively, if you want to take simple steps to ensure your pet is as healthy and happy as possible, follow the event’s top ten tips for responsible pet ownership:
1. Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements.
2. Ensure your pet is sociable and well trained.
3. Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet.
4. Provide suitable housing and bedding.
5. Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly.
6. Protect against disease. Your vet can provide you with advice.
7. Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate.
8. Groom your pet regularly.
9. Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified.
10. Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover against unexpected veterinary fees and third party liability.
But most of all – enjoy your four legged critters. They’re not around as long as us and our time with them is precious. I’ll personally be going home and giving all 18 of mine an even bigger squish this evening. It may prove challenging with the goldfish, but I’ll give it a go.
For more information, visit the National Pet Month website at http://www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk/