The BSAVA is encouraging vets to play their part in National Pet Month.
The campaign, which runs from 1 April to 2 May, is an opportunity for the veterinary profession to join other animal-related individuals and organisations in activities that encourage responsible pet ownership, raise funds and celebrate the contribution pets make to lives, said the BSAVA.
This year’s theme is to champion responsible pet ownership, reminding how important it is to provide the best levels of care to pets.
Veterinary practices are being urged to stage a pet-themed event in aid of a favourite UK pet charity, taking the opportunity to build relationships with their older clients, as well as talking to local schools or community groups.
BSAVA president Tricia Colville said: “The veterinary profession is at the heart of responsible pet ownership.
“National Pet Month is a great opportunity for practices to open their doors to the public to show them the professionalism and care that goes on behind the scenes, as well as educate and support pet owners, and to celebrate this in a fun and inspiring way.
“There is a growing body of evidence documenting the many physical and emotional benefits of responsible pet ownership, helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and make fewer demands on the health service or on society as a whole.”
For more information, visit www.nationalpetmonth.org.uk