Paws Up: It’s National Pet Week®!

Although we don’t need a special reason to lavish our pets with love, we should celebrate their important place in our homes and hearts during National Pet Week®. Ran by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for the last 35 years, the event is held during the week of May 7 – 13, and encourages responsible pet ownership for the more than 200 million pets in our country.

Short of buying a treat and a party hat for your furry friend, what is a good way to celebrate National Pet Week®? By learning the proper way to take care of them, with the right diet, exercise and care.


It’s not enough to pick up pet food at a local store, responsible pet owners should educate themselves about the right diet for their pet’s needs. Many popular pet food brands attempt to lower their costs by including feed-grade, rather than human-grade ingredients. This means that many harmful toxins, fillers, by-products, chemicals, preservatives, food dye and even contaminants that are harmful to our pets’ health make their way into the food.

It’s important that pet owners learn to read pet food labels and steer clear of ingredients that are not beneficial for their pets. These include:

  • Corn and wheat gluten
  • Meat and grain meals and by-products
  • BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)
  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
  • Ethoxyquin
  • Food Dyes (Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5 and 6, 4-MIE)
  • PG (Propylene Glycol)
  • Rendered fat

Focus on purchasing food that is made in the U.S. and contains no preservatives. Your pets should eat a diet similar to yours, which should include protein and fruits and vegetables.


All living things need to move and exercise in order to stay mobile and healthy. This is especially important because 52.7% of dogs and 57.9% of cats are overweight in the U.S. While hamsters just need a wheel to run in, and cats need toys and climbing opportunities, dogs require the most outdoor time. It’s not enough to allow dogs outdoor access in a backyard, they still need at least two walks per day.

Different breeds of animals require different amounts of exercise; some breeds need more than others, or they will have pent up energy which will make them act out, become aggressive and destroy the house.

There are a multitude of ways to offer exercise to your pets. Take your dog for a walk, run or a hike. Throw a frisbee, teach them to fetch a ball or take them to a dog park where they can run around with friends.


Pets require regular check-ups at the veterinarian’s office, just as humans need them at their physician’s office. While many people only take their pet to the vet when they have a visible health concern, since pets can’t talk, we often don’t notice a problem unless it’s too late.

While puppies need to visit the vet often for important vaccines and procedures (to get neutered and microchipped), adult dogs should be seen for an annual checkup. This will help you prevent serious diseases that can threaten your pet’s life.

In addition to medical treatment, pets require constant care in order to thrive. With the summer months approaching, flea season is upon us. Check your dog for fleas regularly, and prevent flea attacks by keeping your pets away from fallen leaves.

Commit to a healthy regimen to upkeep your pet’s mental and physical abilities with Dr. Willard’s® Pet Products! Just like our human line, these products help to improve the absorption of vitamins and minerals pets get from diet and supplements. This line also increases the removal of toxins from their bodies, improves their immune system, reduces stress and pain and eliminates hot spots!

Our pet care includes:

  • Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® (8 oz.) enhances dogs’ overall nutrition and general health in a simple, safe and effective way by optimizing nutrient absorption and enhancing cellular function. Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® contain no artificial colors, flavors, parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals; are cruelty free; and help improve dogs’ overall hydration and nutritional benefits, keeping dogs healthy and vibrant. By adding the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula to pets’ clean drinking water, Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops® boost water’s biological functions to help with digestion, nutrient absorption, behavior and performance. This means that dogs will get more vitamins from the same amount of food they consumed before.
  • Dr. Willard’s® Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray (8 oz.) is made with the finest natural ingredients; restores moisture and beauty to the skin and coat of dogs; and relieves discomfort from a variety of conditions such as hot spots, scrapes, burns, abrasions and cuts. This topical application has no artificial colors, flavors, beans, phthalates or petrochemicals and is cruelty free. Dr. Willard’s Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray should be sprayed directly on the affected areas one to four times daily, or as needed.
  • Dr. Willard’s® Soothing Aloe Gel for Pets (8 oz.) naturally moisturizes dogs’ skin, helps restores dogs’ coats and relieves itching caused by a variety of skin irritations. The gel, which is made with natural ingredients, helps alleviate some problems associated with burns, cuts, wounds and other skin disorders. It can be topically applied to dogs’ coats and skin. Dog owners should place a dime or quarter size amount of on the affected area of the dog and/or use as a general moisturizer.



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