Seven days to healthier, happier pets

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., April 29 (PRNewswire-USNewswire) – To celebrate the special bond between people and their pets and mark the 35th anniversary of National Pet Week® (NPW), the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) with support from Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets are distributing complimentary copies of the Lifetime of Love poster during National Pet Week (May 1-7).

“This poster is a beautiful reminder of the bond we share with our pets throughout our lives,” said Dr. Joe Kinnarney, President of the AVMA.

Seven days to healthier, happier pets

Sunday – Choose well, commit for life
Select the pet that’s right for your family’s lifestyle, and make a commitment to that pet for its life. Even if you have already welcomed a pet into your home, your veterinarian can help you understand the social and healthcare needs of your individual pet.

Monday  – Socialize them now for a better life later
Learn about how to make your pet comfortable and appropriately prepare your pet to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places and activities.

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Tuesday – Exercise benefits body and mind
With an estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% cats in the United States considered overweight or obese, the AVMA encourages regular exercise, not only improve cardiovascular health, maintain a healthy weight, support good mental health for both owner and pet, but to strengthen  the human-animal bond.

Wednesday  – Love your pet? See your vet!
Everybody love’s their pet yet 53.9 percent of cat owners and 48.6 percent of dog owners do not take their pet to the veterinarian unless visibly sick or injured. Pets often hide symptoms of illness. Regular check-ups are vital to catching potential health problems early. Not only can early treatment mean better health for your pet, it can also save money.

Thursday – Know your pet’s role in population control
Do your part to prevent pet overpopulation. Talk to your veterinarian about the proper timing for spaying or neutering your pet. Avoid unplanned breeding through spay/neuter, containment or managed breeding.

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Friday  – Plan now to reduce stress later
Include your pets in your family’s emergency plan. The AVMA offers a step-by-step guide to assembling emergency kits and plans for a variety of pets and animals.

Saturday  – Give them a lifetime of love
Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before – but 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, and improve the chances of a longer and healthier life for your pet. Visit the AVMA’s special page for senior pets to find out what is ‘normal’ and what may signal a reason for concern in aging pet. Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not age at a rate of seven human years for each year in dog years. Download the AVMA PetsAgeFaster chart to check your pet’s real age.

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“At Purina we believe pets and people are better together, so we’re excited to team up with the AVMA to celebrate National Pet Week® and the joy pets bring to our lives,” said Purina veterinarian Dr. Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD.  “It’s important for pet owners to remember that veterinarians play a vital role in enriching the bond between pets and people, and this celebration is a great reminder.”

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 88,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine. National Pet Week was created by the AVMA and its Auxiliary in 1981 to promote responsible pet ownership.

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