Dog with party hat and glasses.

November is National Pet Awareness Month, and even though we cherish our pets every day of the year, November marks a month that reminds us to shower our favorite animal companions with a little extra TLC.

At Blue Valley Animal Hospital, we appreciate our pet families and look forward to providing pets with exceptional care and compassion. To celebrate National Pet Awareness Month, our team has compiled some ways for you to show your pets just how much they mean to you.

Host a Pet Party

Invite family and friends and their animal companions to join your pet for a special party! Make homemade pet treats, pass out pet-safe party favors, and screen a pet-themed flick. 

Post a Pic a Day

Share pix of your pet being her lovable, goofy self every day on social media during the month of November. 

Volunteer at a Local Shelter

What better way to celebrate National Pet Awareness Month than by advocating for animal welfare? Contact local shelters to see if they need help cleaning cages, walking dogs, or spending one-on-one time with cats. 

Welcome a New Pet Into Your Home

Speaking of shelters, giving a deserving animal a fur-ever home is a tremendous act of compassion. There’s always room for one more, right? If you’re thinking about adopting, don’t overlook senior pets, who still have plenty of love to give. 

Throw Your Pet a Spa Day

Play soothing music, dim the lights, and treat your pet to a gentle massage. Follow it up with a mani-pedi using pet-friendly polish, and then reward your dog by letting him have a relaxing soak in a warm tub. If you’re a cat lover, you can skip the bath and slowly brush her coat from head to tail to help her feel her best.

Make Time for DIY Projects

Nothin’ says lovin’ like homemade toys, treats, and other pet accessories. Search-up terms like “no-sew cat beds” and “DIY dog toys” for online ideas that will keep you busy all month long. Plus, you can find recipes galore for homemade pet treats. A lot of dog treat recipes use peanut butter, so make sure yours doesn’t contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that’s toxic to pets. 

Schedule a Checkup

A trip to the vet may not sound like a picnic, but the best way to show your devotion to your pet is to make sure she lives the longest, healthiest life possible. It’s easy to let life get in the way and keep us from making time for doctor visits, but when you keep your pet up to date with checkups, vaccines, and parasite control, you provide her with a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health. 

Our pets bring so much joy to our lives, and we hope our suggestions will inspire you to try new activities. If it’s time to schedule a visit, please call us at (913) 681-2818.