The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) is advising vet practices to play a vital role in marking National Pet Month, by celebrating improvements in animal welfare and raising money for UK pet charities.
The theme of the national campaign, taking place from April 1 – May, is to champion responsible pet ownership, reminding the public how important it is to provide the very best levels of care for our pets – and acknowledging how good our pets are for us.
BSAVA president Tricia Colville encouraged vet practices to join the celebrations and continue their excellent work in encouraging the many benefits to health and happiness that responsible pet ownership brings.
“The vet profession is at the heart of responsible pet ownership and National Pet Month is a great opportunity for practices to open their doors to the public to show them the professionalism and care that goes on behind the scenes, as well as educate and support pet owners, and to celebrate this in a fun and inspiring way,” she said.
“There is a growing body of evidence documenting the many physical and emotional benefits of responsible pet ownership, helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and make fewer demands on the health service or on society as a whole.”
National Pet Month chairman Michael Bellingham said: “National Pet Month offers a fantastic opportunity for veterinary practices, their clients and even potential clients to join together to celebrate our country’s great love of our pets, to remind us of the importance of taking good care of our pets and perhaps to encourage us to help raise funds for many of the UK’s incredible charities, such as PetSavers, which helps so many of our nation’s pets in need.”