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Celebrate National Pet Week® May 4-10

National Pet Week is May 4-10, 2014. Are you ready?
National Pet Week is May 4-10, 2014. Are you ready?
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National Pet Week® is hosted by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). For fun ideas on ways to celebrate your pet this week, check out the Facebook event page. As the AVMA posted on the Facebook page earlier today, "Owning a pet is a privilege, but the benefits of pet ownership come with responsibilities." National Pet Week is the perfect time to explore the AVMA's abundant resources on responsible pet ownership.

If you're a teacher with a soft spot for pets, the event offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate this annual event in the classroom. Click here for lesson plans and presentations.

If you work in the veterinary field and would like to promote National Pet Week at work, click here for a list of promotional links, templates, videos and other tools for spreading the word about responsible pet ownership.

While you're at the National Pet Week website, check out the AVMA's newest contest, "America's Favorite Veterinarian". All veterinarians are eligible. To nominate, visit between May 1 and June 1. Describe why your veterinarian is the best, upload a photo of the veterinarian, the pet, or the pet with the veterinarian. Include a link in your press materials, on your website, suggest local and state associations and include a link on their websites. Visit the AVMF website to learn more about the winner of America's Favorite Veterinarian contest in 2013, Dr. Carlos Campos of Spring Hill, Fla!

This week is the perfect time to check out a dog park, a pet-friendly store or restaurant, or just take a simple walk around the block. However you celebrate, don't forget to spend a little extra time with your pet this week celebrating all that is special about your furry friend. Happy National Pet Week!