Theme of ‘Love Your Pet, See Your Vet’ reminds pet owners to show they
love their pet with the gift of good health
(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) May 2,
2013—Pet owners love to show their pets affection by showering them with toys,
fancy collars and even clothes. In fact, a recent survey indicated dog and cat
owners spent $5 billion on gifts for their dogs and cats during the 2012 holiday
season. During National Pet Week May 5 – 11 the
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reminds pet owners the gift of
good health is the best way to show you truly care.
year’s theme, “Love Your Pet, See Your Vet,” reminds pet owners that regular veterinary
medical checkups can detect disease early and keep your pet healthy and happy
for many years to come. According to the 2012 AVMA U.S. Pet Ownership &
Demographic Sourcebook, nearly 90 percent of dog owners and 75 percent of cat
owners indicated that routine check-ups and preventive care are either very or
somewhat important. However, the same study revealed that from 2006 to 2011, the
number households not visiting the veterinarian increased by 8 percent for dog
owners and 24 percent for cat owners.
“Regular veterinary visits are
important because many times pets will hide symptoms of illness, so you need
your veterinarian’s skill and expertise to keep your pets healthy,” says Dr.
Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “Providing pets with regular preventive
care is the key to a healthy and long life for your pet, and it can save you
hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars by preventing or identifying problems
earlier, when they may be easier to treat and less expensive to solve,” said
This National Pet
Week, the AVMA urges you to talk with your veterinarian about your pet’s
healthcare and what, if any, special needs your pet might have. The AVMA, your
state veterinary medical association and your local veterinarian have
tremendous resources for you.
For more information about
National Pet week, please visit http://www.petweek.org/.