5 Ways to Celebrate National Pet Week

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The first full week in May is National Pet Week, a time designated to celebrate, honor, and pamper the pets and the joy the bring to our lives. If you’re like us, every week is National Pet Week, but just in case, here are a few ways you can observe this special time.

1. Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Old dogs can learn new tricks; learning new commands keeps your dog active and improves his overall health. Additionally, it stimulates the brain and boosts confidence, especially if your dog is a people-pleaser. Treat puzzles and other stimulating toys or games can be equally effective as they learn to figure out how to score the tasty snacks inside.

2. Volunteer

Volunteering is a perfect way to honor your pets this National Pet Week, and it’s a great way to get kids involved! Call your local animal shelter and ask if you may help around the facility or head to the dog park with a trash bag and pick up trash, poop scoop, or collect debris. Call local gyms and related facilities and ask if they collect old tennis balls you may have, and leave them in a bucket at the park for the neighborhood pups to enjoy.

3. Adopt a New Pet

If you’ve been thinking about adding a furry friend to the family, now is a great time to do it! What better way to honor pets everywhere than by giving a pet a furever home? Head down to your local shelter and spend some time with the available pets there, and you may come home with a new best friend! Before you go, collect any old towels, holey blankets, or other items the shelter may need and donate them while you’re there.

4. Schedule a Checkup

If your pet hasn’t been to the vet lately, this is a good time to schedule a routine checkup. Even if your pet seems to be doing fine, a wellness exam can alert you to common pet health issues that need to be addressed, such as dental hygiene, latent allergies, or deteriorating eyesight.

5. Consider Pet Insurance

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However you observe National Pet Week, take a moment and give your best furiend extra cuddles, chin scratches, or belly rubs (and maybe an extra treat). Spend some extra time playing his favorite game or even pick up a new squeaky toy to add to the growing pile. Your best friend will stay by your side for the rest of her life; doesn’t she deserve it?

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.