October is the time of year when the leaves change into their gorgeous fall colors, a little nip is in the air, and let’s not forget Halloween. October of each year also happens to be National Pet Wellness Month. What is National Pet Wellness Month, you ask? National Pet Wellness Month was implemented to promote pet health and wellness throughout the year. Let’s explore National Pet Wellness Month more in-depth and discuss ways to celebrate the month.
History of Pet Wellness Month
National Pet Wellness Month began in 2002 at Purdue University. The university launched PetFit, a wellness program designed to improve pet health by offering canine weight management services. The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors PetFit, an 8-week exercise, behavior, and nutrition counseling program.
What Is the Purpose of National Pet Wellness Month?
The purpose is to educate the public on the importance of maintaining yearly vet checkups and understanding the importance of nutrition and activities to keep pets in shape. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), obesity is the leading nutritional issue among dogs and cats, and the 8-week PetFit program allows pet owners to formulate activity and diet plans, receive coaching videos and articles, and gain community support via Facebook groups.
How to Participate in National Pet Wellness Month
National Pet Wellness Month is not designed exclusively for dogs and cats; the month is designated for all pets, whether you have a guinea pig, hamster, horse, exotic bird, or any other animal you have as a pet. There are many ways you can participate in National Pet Wellness Month:
Pets are family and deserve a month dedicated to their well-being. National Pet Wellness Month allows the public to become educated regarding the importance of pet care. Take the month to visit your local animal welfare organizations, make monetary donations, volunteer, and spend more time doing activities with your pet.
For exotic animal owners, you can take the month to spend more time with your pet and ensure you’re up-to-date on routine checkups. After all, pets depend on humans for their overall health, and it’s up to us to provide the excellent care they deserve.
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