Pet appreciation week?! More like pet appreciation EVERY DAY. Most of us are so grateful for our pets, a week set aside to appreciate them hardly seems like enough. However, this holiday week was created in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association to start an awareness campaign that honors the significance of our furriest companions. And since its inception 37 years ago, the idea of pets has changed drastically, mostly due to campaigns like this one. We now consider our pets family and will do almost anything to help them stay happy, healthy, busy, and warm.
From June 3-9, we’re celebrating “Pet Appreciation Week” as a stretch of showing gratitude for pets. They do so much for us – from loving you unconditionally to alleviating stress and keeping you healthy to even getting you outside for a walk. Here are some easy ways to pay them back:
- Pass out those extra super delicious treats, freeze a peanut butter Kong, or even bake up some pupcakes.
- Extend your dog’s walks that week, or, if you’re crunched for time, book a Rover walker for some extra minutes!
- Coordinate pup playdates with your dog’s BFF, whether that’s a rowdy trip to the dog park or a meet-n-greet at a local dog-friendly pub.
- Play fetch for 15 minutes longer than usual.
- Probably not as fun, but just as important, this week make an effort to focus on your pet’s health. That means brush their teeth, book a vet appointment, and notice if they have any health issues you’ve been avoiding.
- Sign up for pet insurance! Your dog deserves the best medical care, and sometimes us pet parents don’t have the savings to afford it. By enrolling in pet insurance early, you avoid pre-existing condition exclusions, and your pup will be covered in the future. Find out more about dog insurance and start by getting a free quote.
It goes without saying that you appreciate your pets every day, always, but this week, being mindful will not only fill you with gratitude, but your dog will definitely love it too.
This post is brought to you in partnership with Rover. Founded in 2011 with headquarters based in Seattle, WA, Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.