April Pet Holidays: Frogs, spiders, hairballs & dog farts
Every dog has his day. In April, other animals have their days too, including penguins, dolphins, frogs, and Siamese cats. So do hairballs and dog farts.
Unbelievably, humans “celebrate” these things. April pet holidays have something for everyone.
In fact, many animal “holidays” — days, weeks, and months — are meant to raise awareness of ailments and issues that affect our pets at home as well as animals in the wild: cruelty, habitat destruction, animal-to-human diseases, and yes, hairballs and dog farts. All of the links below provide helpful tips and information on how to cope … or celebrate.
Whatever the day, April is full of special times that remind us just what a big part animals play in our lives.
Each year the ASPCA urges supporters to “Go Orange for Animals” by wearing orange this month.
Pet First Aid Awareness Month (American Red Cross)
Review these quick tips for how to handle a pet first aid emergency.
National Frog Month
Enjoy these 10 ways to celebrate frogs with your kids.
Heartworms may be as disgusting as they sound: foot-long worms that live in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels of cats, dogs, and other mammals. They are serious and often fatal, causing lung disease, heart failure, and other organ damage.
National Adopt a Greyhound Month
Lyme Disease can affect dogs of any breed, age, or size, and is one off the world’s most common tick-transmitted diseases. It has been called “The Great Imitator” because its symptoms mimic many other diseases that affect muscles, joints, the heart, the brain and nervous system, and other organs.
National Pet Month (UK)
April 1–7 — International Pooper Scooper Week
April 2–8: Be Kind to Spiders Week (1st week)
April 9–15 — Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week (2nd week)
April 9–15: National Dog Bite Prevention Week (2nd week)
April 16–22 – National Pet ID Week (AVMA, Chicago Now and more; 3rd week)
Raining Cats & Dogs: “National Pet ID Week: Update your pets before they get lost”
“It’s National Pet ID Week. And, I know what many people think – I have an indoor cat, my dog never leaves the yard or we always have our pet on a leash when we leave the house. A pet ID is a waste of time. So, I have a story for you that just happened to break on National Pet ID Week.”
April 16–22 — Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (Humane Society; 3rd week)
April 1 – Every Day is Tag Day (first Saturday)
April 2 – National Ferret Day
April 4 – World Stray Animals Day
April 4 – World Rat Day
April 6 – National Siamese Cat Day
April 7 – International Beaver Day
April 8 – Draw a Bird Day
April 8 – Dog Farting Awareness Day
April 8 – National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (ASPCA)
April 11 – National Pet Day
National Pet Day is one of many pet holidays created by pet & family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige. She established it in 2005 “to celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters and rescues all around the globe.”
April 11 – Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
April 14 – National Dolphin Day
April 17 – International Bat Appreciation Day
April 18 – Pet Owners Independence Day
April 19 – Pet Owners Day
April 21 – Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day
April 23 – National Lost Dog Awareness Day
April 24 – National Pet Parents’ Day (last Sunday)
April 25 – World Penguin Day
World Penguin Day coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins, which happens each year on or around April 25. Penguins do not fly. They walk, or waddle.
April 26 – Audubon Day
April 26 – National Kids and Pets Day (Animal Miracle Foundation & Network)
“National Kids & Pets Day is dedicated to furthering the magical bond between children and animals, to help bring awareness to the plight of pets in shelters awaiting new homes and educating the public about safety between children and pets. …
“The responsibility that a child can learn from caring for a pet is vital in their social development. Children that grow up with pets tend to be extremely nurturing and compassionate, making dedicated and loving parents and pet owners themselves. This, in turn, simply makes for a happier world. And who doesn’t want that?”
April 26 – International Guide Dog Day (last Wednesday)
This day celebrates the importance of guide dogs and how they help the blind and visually impaired live their daily lives.
April 27 — Free Feral Cat Spay Day
April 28 – Hairball Awareness Day (last Friday)
April 29 – Save the Frogs Day (last Saturday)
April 29 – World Veterinary Day (last Saturday)
World Veterinary Day was created by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000, and in 2008 the WVA and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) agreed to create a World Veterinary Day Award to reward the contributions of the veterinary profession to society.
April 30 – National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
April 30 – National Therapy Animal Day
(updated April 1, 2017)