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February is celebrated as National Pet Dental Health Month to give accent to the importance of dental health for our pets. It is sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a subtle reminder to keep an eye on your sweet pup’s teeth.
Dogs have been part of military campaigns for centuries. Documentation of their use during wartime dates as far back as the mid-7th century BCE.
K9 Veterans Day was created by Joe White of Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. White was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was also a K9 handler and trainer. Because the US K9 Corps was created on March 13, 1942, Mr. White chose this as the day to recognize and celebrate the contributions MWDs have made to the military over the decades.
After his death on October 24, 2009, his wife, Sally, continued the effort to make this an official national holiday. It is hoped by advocates that the day might be celebrated at military war dog memorials across the U.S. to commemorate these special veterans.
National Poison Prevention Week raises awareness of poison prevention nationwide during the third full week of March every year. The week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for people and animals and to promote community involvement in poisoning prevention.
Sunday April 8 is National Dogfighting Awareness Day. To help law enforcement tasked with investigating dogfighting crimes, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
National Dogfighting Awareness Day, which takes place annually on April 8, was established by the ASPCA to raise awareness about the prevalence of dogfighting in the U.S., reveal little-known truths about the blood sport, and encourage animal lovers nationwide to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty.
Our dogs deserve all the love and affection we can give them, which is why there’s a special day dedicated just to hugging them. It’s April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day.
Hugging your dog releases a hormone in both pup and person called “oxytocin,” informally referred to as “the cuddle hormone.” Not only does a good tight squeeze strengthen your bond, it shows your pet that you care. Today is a day to celebrate your dog for all they do.
So grab your dog and give them an extra cuddle today!