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by Suzie Cyrenne April 11, 2023 4 min read
If you’re anything like most pet parents, chances are you’re very excited to celebrate National Pet Day this coming April 11th. It’s a very special event that not just acknowledges pets of all shapes and sizes, but also gives us the opportunity to share love and kindness with our local animal shelters and rescue centers.
While I’m pretty sure that you’ve already got a few ideas on how to celebrate National Pet Day this year, I’d just like to share a few suggestions on how to make this affair extra meaningful for you and your furbaby.
But before we get to them, allow me to give a quick walkthrough on how the National Pet Day came to be…
National Pet Day was founded by pet lifestyle expert, Colleen Page, way back in 2006. It was envisioned as a special day where all pets are celebrated, including the ones in animal shelters and rescue centers that are still waiting to be welcomed in their forever homes.
Presently, National Pet Day is observed as an event where pets are not just given extra special attention on social media, but also as an invitation to would-be pet parents to visit and support their local rescues and shelters. Who knows? They might even find the furbaby they’ve always dreamed of while at it?
Now we’ve got that covered, let’s talk about the ways on how to take your celebration of National Pet Day up a notch…
Here are some hassle-free yet awesome ideas that will make commemorating National Pet Day extra memorable for you and your furbaby:
Did you know that thousands and thousands of animals are taken in by rescue centers and shelters every year? A simple donation to your local shelter or rescue—whether in cash or in kind—can go a really long way as regards helping these facilities to keep on going.
Examples of items that you can donate include storage boxes, containers, water and food bowls, hair brushes, blankets and towels, cleaning products, leashes and collars, pet shampoo, washable beds and heating pads, as well as training and agility toys.
Since it’s National Pet Day, bringing your furbaby to the groomer’s for a bit of pampering and relaxation should be on your checklist. Your pet will surely appreciate the soothing rub down and satisfying afterglow that he will be in for.
Apart from updating your pet’s overall appearance and making him look even more adorable, the groomer can also check for unwanted visitors like lice, mites, fleas and ticks at the same time, which can sometimes be tricky to spot. And this brings us to my next tip…
National Pet Day is all about showcasing your furbaby to the whole world! And you can easily pull this off by organizing an enjoyable photo shoot for your pet and posting the images on your social media accounts.
You can make things more interesting by having a theme. You can also invite the pets of your family and friends to join in for a collective shoot. Just remember to be extra patient with your furbaby while doing this since he can be a bit excitable in-between pictures.
National Pet Day only takes place every April 11th and a very remarkable day like this one also requires an extra special treat for your furbaby. Make sure you give your pet treats that you don’t normally offer him during regular days.
Examples of the tasty fares you can provide your pet with on this special day include peanut butter popsicles, vanilla ice cream, cottage cheese as well as plainly cooked beef, turkey and chicken.
(You can click here to check out a comprehensive list of the things your dog can and cannot eat just to be extra sure.)
Like I pointed out earlier, thousands and thousands of animals are taken in by facilities such as shelters and rescue centers every year. And they will definitely appreciate having an extra helping hand even on just a single day.
On this National Pet Day, why don’t you sign up for a few hours as a volunteer in your local rescue or shelter? Spending a few hours getting in on the action in these facilities will be a very fulfilling experience.
Last but not the least, National Pet Day is mainly about sharing the joy and excitement that you feel as a pet parent. Allowing other people—particularly those in retirement centers and under hospice care—to experience the same is simply going to be unforgettable.
Just make sure your pet’s vaccination is updated and you also coordinate with the place you’re planning to visit in advance to avoid hitches. Seeing other people become happy when they interact with your furbaby will be a memory you’ll treasure for a long time.
Although National Pet Day only happens once a year, keeping your furbaby protected and resilient from health issues is something that you have to work on throughout the year. And one of the best strategies to do this is by ensuring that your pet’s overall immune system health is in great shape.
Zumalka’s IMMUNOPET is a natural immunostimulant and contains many premium ingredients that support the immune system. Besides enabling an increase in hemoglobin levels and acting as a purifier of blood and lymph nodes, this natural product also works to improve white blood cell count to make your pet more resilient to bacterial and viral infections.
And while we’re on the subject of keeping your pet as protected against health issues as possible, getting in touch with a pet homeopathy specialist as early as now should be on your checklist.
Apart from walking you through the natural options that you can go for, reaching out to a pet specialist always wanted for your furbaby. You just have to contact us at any time to get started.
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne is a certified Homeopath with over ten years of experience creating natural products for cats and dogs. She co-founded eCommerce brand, Zumalka in 2013 with her husband Matt and is on a mission to help thousands of animals naturally improve their quality of life and shares her experience on their popular YouTube show. Hence, she created a line of high-performance natural pet supplements to target the root cause of common health issues. Suzie was influenced by her mother-in-law, who practiced homeopathy and made natural remedies from home. After being on prescriptions for many years for a skin issue without resolution, she wanted to try something new. Her problems were cleared up within a few months of dedication to a better diet supplemented by homeopathic remedies. That's when she knew that homeopathy worked! During this process, she wondered why there weren't better options for pets and soon created a popular line of natural remedies that have helped thousands of pets across the USA. When she’s not traveling or reading the next personal development book, you can find Suzie snowboarding, working out, or enjoying a daily hike.
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