Lifetime of Love — The Basics: Seven days to a happier, healthier pet

Everyone loves their pets, but not everyone is aware of what their pet needs to be happy and healthy long into their senior years. Leading veterinary experts in animal health, welfare, and behavior invite you to take each of the essential actions highlighted during National Pet Week® that are vital to achieving a Lifetime of Love. This week is also possible in part by support from CareCredit, partnering with us bring together a Lifetime of Care and a Lifetime of Love.


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 better understand the social and healthcare needs of your individual pet. Learn more about selecting a pet for your family.


Socialize now. New doesn't have to be scary.
Learn about how to appropriately prepare your pet to enjoy a variety of interactions with other animals, people, places and activities. Everyone will be more comfortable!


Nutrition and exercise matter
With an estimated 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% cats in the United States considered overweight or obese, and humans plagued by this issue as well, the AVMA encourages pets and their owners to provide proper nutrition and get regular exercise—together! This not only improves cardiovascular health, maintains a healthy weight, and supports good mental health for both owner and pet, but it strengthens the human-animal bond. See tips on walking, running, or starting an exercise program with your pet, and learn more about your pet's healthy weight.


Love your pet? See your vet!
Everybody love's their pet, yet not all owners take their pet to the veterinarian unless it is visibly sick or injured. Pets often hide signs of illness. Regular check-ups are vital to catching health problems early. Ask your veterinarian about the role proper nutrition plays in preventive healthcare. Early treatment means better health for your pet, it can also save money.


Maximize the human-animal bond.
The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals. Good human-animal relationships can yield amazing benefits, from lower blood pressure and anxiety to allergy prevention and longer life. Learn more about the human-animal bond and its impact on the health of individuals, families, and communities.


Emergencies happen. Be prepared.
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.


Plan for their care. 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 about an aging pet. In addition, visit Pet Peace of Mind to learn about providing for your pet's care for their entire lifetime, even in the event of your passing.


Veterinary Toolkit

Veterinarians: Celebrate National Pet Week® in your clinic and on your social media feeds. The AVMA's free toolkit includes images, logos, event planning ideas, and much more.

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