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April 24, 2014 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Celebrate THREE Pet Events!!

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

Hairball Awareness Day

Oh what we need to know about HAIRBALLS!? If you are a cat owner you get it!

Cats shed and groom themselves (using their sand-like-paper tongue, that catches fur and they swallow it), and then....wait for it....wait for it....the unnerving sound of the "haccccckkkk." The results afterwards are a clumped up, entwined, wet piece of fur that is called a Hairball! Why the heck is there a Hairball Awareness Day? Many pet-parents observe, find one, and worry about their feline's well-being when they are "hacking" up a hairball. Hairballs effect the digestive system in our cats and it is important to understand how to prevent, minimize, or help our cats through the unrattling affects of coughing up a hairball!

There are many websites that bring this day to light and even Huffington Post has an article about it!

The Furminator

Hills Pets

ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Some tips to lessen the hairball effect for your feline:

  • Brush Daily
  • Feed your cat a food that is formulated to help reduce hairballs
  • Give your cat a daily hairball remedy or lubricant (pet stores and vets carry these)
  • If you cat is hacking, showing signs of distress or discomfort, please visit your vet immediately, hairballs can cause blockage in the esophagus or intestines

National Kids and Pets Day

There is a website dedicated to this national day!!! This website offers some great ideas to help kids celebrate with their pets. They have a photo contest, and a magazine that offers fantastic ideas, tips, and suggestions to teach kids how to be respectful and care for their pets!

Kids and Pets Day

Some tips to celebrate National Kids and Pets Day:

  • Take them to a Park!
  • Go get Ice Cream!
  • Go to your local pet store (where pets are always welcomed) and have your child pick out a toy and yummy treat for your pet!
  • Have your child (with you) take their pet (if a dog) for a walk! This is a great time to use the "walk" as a teachable lesson by showing your child how to properly walk a dog!

World Veterinary Day

Celebrating our veterinaries that help pet-parents keep their beloved fur companions healthy is important!

Check out these websites to learn more:

World Vet

AVMA

Some tips (from AVMA) to honor your Veterinarian:

  • Spread the word!!!
  • Send a nice handwritten note (or email) to your vet expressing how much you value and appreciate them!
  • Give them a shout-out on Facebook!
  • Don't have a vet, GET ONE!!
  • Take your pet to the vet for a wellness check up, and don't forget to tell your vet thanks in person!

I hope you enjoy one or all of these fantastic events with your pet!

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