It’s safe to say that the average pet owner loves to spoil their dog, cat and other four-legged, feathered, furry or scaled family member. After all, they’re a part of the family! If you love splurging on Fido or Fluffy, then mark your calendar for October 4th; it’s World Animal Day! If you’ve never heard of it, then here’s what you should know. According to this special and important holiday’s website, the mission of World Animal Day is to “raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe”. In other words, this special day should be spent making the life of animals better.

We understand that a single person can’t help all animals around the world, but there is one that you can definitely spend time with. On this special day, take some time to spend with your pet to show them that they’re the love of your life and that you’re willing to do whatever necessary to make his or hers better!

Although World Animal Day should be spent focusing on your pets, remember that these precious animals need attention throughout the year. Schedule an appointment with Valley Animal Hospital in Pharr, conveniently located near McAllen, today!

What You Can Do

World Animal Day will fall on a Wednesday this year, so it’s important to plan ahead on how you’ll be spending it, especially if you’re a busybody with work, family, friends, etc. The great thing about such a unique day is that you won’t have to focus solely on October 4th. You can do other things leading up that special Wednesday!

Get to Know Your Pet Better

This may sound a bit weird, especially for a pet owner, but there are many things that you can learn about your furry family member! This can include their specific breed, what their diet typically consists of outside of store-bought pet food, signs that they might be in discomfort, etc. Be a better pet owner by knowing everything possible about yours!

Have Them Checked

The only bad thing about owning a pet is their not being able to tell you directly that something is wrong. Sure, a limp or watery eye are surely to raise an eyebrow, but other bad things going on inside their bodies can be hard to spot. This is why it’s important to have them checked on by our veterinarians at Valley Animal Hospital. They’ll do whatever they can to make sure that your pet’s health is always at 100%!

Spread the Word!

It’s safe to say that not many pet owners out there are aware that World Animal Day exists. This is the perfect time to educate others and encourage them to have their pets checked by a vet. You can do this by posting some useful info about the holiday to social media along with photos of yourself and your furry family member together!

Help Animals in Shelters

It’s heartbreaking to think that so many dogs, cats and other animals are in shelters without owners. The upside to this is that there are many potential owners out there waiting to be paired with the perfect potential pet! Make an effort to encourage friends or family members to adopt a dog, cat or other animal as a pet. If anyone shows interest, remind them to have their new family member checked by a vet to ensure that they’re up-to-date on their vaccinations!

For pet lovers who, for one reason or another, can’t have a four-legged family member of their own, our local shelters are always in need of helping hands. Call the Palm Valley Animal Center Volunteer Program at 956.720.4563 to see if they need any volunteers to walk dogs, play with cats or any number of other rewarding activities.

Year-Round Animal Lovers

As a pet hospital, we absolutely adore animals of all types and are well aware of how much better they make life! You can bet that we’ll be celebrating World Animal Day at our pet hospital, so make an effort to treat your pet like royalty on October 4th! Contact us today to learn what else you can do to make sure that they’re kept safe and healthy!

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