You love your pet every single day. They bring joy into your life that's impossible to quantify. So it only makes sense that you would show appreciation for them.
Luckily for you, May is National Pet Month, a long holiday to show your pet how much you love them. Here's how you can celebrate National Pet Month with your beloved pet.
What is National Pet Month?
National Pet Month is a month-long holiday to celebrate your beloved four-legged family members.
Forget having one holiday. National Pet Month dedicates the entirety of May to celebrate the unique joys that our pets bring into our lives.
Some pets are like children. Some pets work hard for us as service animals. Some pets are the sibling your children can't imagine going without. And some pets are near and dear just because they're a member of the family, no matter how much trouble they cause or ridiculous hijinks they get into.
An estimated 68% of American households have pets. And it's not just because of their lovable faces--pets have been shown to decrease stress levels and act as emotional support. They also help teach responsibility (after all, this is another living thing relying on you).
National Pet Month Activities
If you want to take this month to show your love for your pet, there are all sorts of activities you can do with your beloved friend.
One option is simple and free: play with your pet. You're their favorite person on the planet, and there's nothing they'd love more than a bit of playtime.
Alternately, if you have a cat or an animal that isn't too keen on playtime, you can also give your pet some love and care--give them a good petting session or their favorite treat.
National Pet Month is also a great excuse to meet other pets and their humans. Check out social media for pet events near you. What better gift can you give your pet than a new best friend?
Ways to Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Another component of National Pet Month is learning how to be a more responsible pet owner.
For example, take the time to invest in your pet's wellbeing the same way you would invest in your own. Schedule their annual checkups and get their shots up to date. Get them an appointment with the groomer to get a haircut, a tooth-cleaning, claw trimming, and other basic care tasks.
On that note, you should dedicate more time to grooming your pet. If you don't brush your pet on a regular basis, now is a good time to start. It's an easy way to show affection and check for any bugs or skin issues.
Helping a Loved One Celebrate a Pet
Of course, National Pet Month isn't just about appreciating the pets you have now. It's also about appreciating former family members and the pets of loved ones who have passed.
If you know anyone who has had a pet pass away, show compassion by sending them a sympathy card. It's a great way to spread love and care on this National Pet Month--and really, that's what the month is all about.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to encourage treatment or diagnosis of any animal medical condition. For medical advice, contact your veterinarian.