Pets and People - Healthy Together
National Pet Week is May 2-8, 2010. National Pet Week was founded in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the A.V.M.A. Auxiliary. The purpose of Pet Week is to foster responsible pet ownership, recognize the importance of the human-animal bond, and increase public awareness of veterinary medicine.
The Pet Week theme this year is "Pets and People - Healthy Together" This year's theme promotes the importance of exercise for people and their pets. 65% of adult Americans are overweight or obese, according to the American Obesity Society; and 44% of dogs and 57% of cats in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
Companion animals and their owners provide each other physical and emotional health benefits every day. One way pets and their owners benefit is by exercising together. National Pet Week is a great time to start that exercise program that you have been putting off. If your pet has not been active in a while, remember to start off slowly. If you have any questions about what exercise is appropriate for your pet, please give us a call at 813-752-3073.