National Pet Week

National Pet Week is observed from the first full week in May, and it commemorates the relationship shared between humans and their pets. Pets have provided humans with specific skills that have benefited all parties involved. For example, dogs were used to help humans hunt and protect their settlements, and in return, they received food scraps.

This is why the relationship between humans and their pets is so important. It’s also why this relationship should be celebrated not only during this week but all year round. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at this week and what people can do to celebrate it with their pets.

The History of National Pet Week

This week was first established in 1982 by the American Veterinary Medical Association. They created it to encourage people to attend to the medical needs of their pets by taking them to the vet regularly. It has since grown into a week in which pet tips and resources are freely provided to pet owners so they can help their pets live happier and healthier lives.

Interesting Facts About Pets

Below are some interesting facts about pets that we’d like to share with everyone reading about National Pet Week right now.

  • Cats only meow at people; they don’t meow at one another.
  • Goldfish have been trained to drive specially constructed “aquarium cars.”
  • Dogs sweat through their footpads.
  • Greyhounds can run up to 45 miles per hour on average.
  • Approximately 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by the time they are 3 years old.

Observing National Pet Week

Pet owners can observe this week in several ways: they can take their pets to the vet to make sure they are healthy and their shots are up to date; they can share stories about their pets online using the hashtag #NationalPetWeek; and they can volunteer at a local animal shelter. They can also just spend some time with their pets.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 5 Sunday
Next year (2025)
May 4 Sunday
Last year (2023)
May 7 Sunday