October Pet Holidays: Get in the spirit!
Autumn has arrived, the “dog days” of summer are over, and the holiday season is here.
October offers the usual menagerie of holidays and awareness days celebrating the world’s great variety of beasts and critters, including wolves, squirrels, hummingbirds, and badgers as well as dogs and cats.
With Halloween around the corner, October features both Bat Appreciation Month and Bat Week, and our friends across the water in the UK celebrate National Black Cat Day to call attention to the unusual cruelty that black cats suffer at this particular time of year. Over here, there’s a National Black Dog Day too. We stand with them all.
After all, this is the season of good cheer. We want our pets, and yours, to have a fun and healthy time of it.
So let the fun and feasting begin — but before that, it’s time for a checkup.
October is also National Pet Wellness Month and the 11th is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
Adopt a Dog Month (American Humane Assoc.)
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASPCA)
National Pet Wellness Month (AVMA)
National Animal Safety and Protection Month — Learn more about the Pet Safety & Protection Act of 2015 (HR 2849) to stop unscrupulous dealers from selling “random source” (i.e. theft, seizure, false pretenses) dogs and cats for research
Oct. 1-7 — National Walk Your Dog Week
Oct. 15-22 — National Wolf Awareness Week (3rd week)
Oct. 15-21 — National Veterinary Technician Week (AVMA, National Assoc. of Veterinary Technicians of America; 3rd week)
Oct. 1 — National Black Dog Day
Oct. 1 — National Fire Pup Day
Oct. 3 — Butterfly and Hummingbird Day
Oct. 20 — International Sloth Day
Oct. 21 — Reptile Awareness Day
Oct. 26 — National Mule Day
Oct. 27 — National Black Cat Day (UK)
Oct. 28 — National Pit Bull Awareness Day
Oct. 29 — National Cat Day
The holidays can be treacherous and stressful for dogs, cats, and other pets. Even the most innocent items become serious dangers when pets are running around. Read my blog post “Party Animals: Tips to keep your pets safe for the holidays” for a load of information on how to keep food, trees, costumes, toys, plants, and even people from turning into hazards.
Finally, a gift from the American Veterinary Medical Association: some tips on “Cold Weather Pet Safety” to keep your furriest family members warm this winter.