August is a time to honor three important pet events – International Assistance Dog Week (Aug. 6-12), International Cat Day (Aug. 8), and National Dog Day (Aug. 26). Dr. Willard’s® and the entire company are huge animal lovers, and are especially committed to spreading awareness about the benefits all pets bring to individuals and families. As such, we want pets’ owners to treat their pets and service animals in the best possible way, taking care of them properly and loving them. Dr. Willard’s® is doing our part by offering pet products made with all-natural ingredients, without any toxins. Read below to find out about the benefits Dr. Willard’s® Pet Products offer to pets’ minds and bodies.
International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) (Aug. 6-12)
The first Sunday of August is designated as IADW, which was established by Marcie Davis, the CEO of Davis Innovations, who also happened to be a paraplegic for 35 years. She wrote a booked called Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook, a resource guide for service dog owners, as well as hosted a radio program, Working Like Dogs, on petliferadio.com. She was the founder of Working Like Dogs (WLD), a worldwide resource for people with working and assistance dogs, or those that would like to own them, which sponsors IADW. There are many events around the country that honor IADW, click here to find an event near you.
We urge all of our readers to recognize the important role that assistance, or service, dogs play in the lives of people with disabilities. Individuals with mental or physical limitations are able to have a helper in the form of a canine companion. The purpose of this week is not only to honor the hardworking and loving assistance dogs, but also the people that raise and train them.
“The important jobs of service dogs involve providing assistance to those who have seizures, mental illness, hearing impairments, visual difficulties, autism, diabetes, emotional problems and other disabilities,” explains Munch.Zone. Although practically any kind of dog can be trained or specifically bred to be an assistance dog, the most common types of service dogs are Golden and Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds.
Special rescue dog training organizations work with the dogs to get them ready to join a family or help an individual with a disability. It’s easy to spot a service dog, as they have special gear, such as a bright orange vest.
Some benefits that service dogs offer to their owners are:
- Companionship for mental disabilities, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or panic attacks.
- Alerts for people that suffer from seizures, helping the individuals prepare for seizures by getting into safe positions.
- Alerts for people with hearing impairments that someone is at the door or a fire alarm is going off.
International Cat Day (Aug. 8)
International Cat Day was first established 14 years ago by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal rights organizations to honor cats as pets. This is a great day to reflect on how cats better the lives of their human families; aside from companionship and love, they offer proven medical benefits, such as lower stress levels and less chance of developing heart disease. In fact, cat owners have one third less chance of getting a heart attack.
Share how much you love your cat with the world with the hashtag #InternationalCatDay.
National Dog Day (Aug. 26)
While International Assistance Dog Week celebrates the importance of these service animals, National Dog Day celebrates all canines, big and small, purebred and mixed. National Dog Day originated in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, to promote animal adoption. She picked this date, Aug. 26, as it was the same day that her family adopted their first dog, Sheltie. The main reason behind this day is to bring awareness to the rescue dogs that are in need of loving homes, those in shelters and rescue organizations.
Ways to Celebrate Pet Awareness Day
There are many ways to celebrate assistance dogs, as well as all dogs and cats during the month of August. Take your pet on a walk or just spend some time cuddling and showing your pet how much you love them. Also, consider everything your furry friend does for you, and repay their unconditional love by promoting their well being with all natural Dr. Willard’s® Pet Products. Instead of purchasing conventional pet products that contain harmful toxins, choose the natural alternative!
Dr. Willard’s® Vibrant Pet Water Drops – These drops offer additional benefits of hydration for dogs. Providing pets with clean drinking water with the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula, this product improves water’s biological functions to help with digestion and nutrient absorption, as well as behavior and performance. This means that your pets will get more vitamins from the same amount of food they consumed before. In addition, these drops serve as a whole-body tonic for pets; when added to fur, they lead to an improved look and feel. Furthermore, owners report that their pets have been calmer and less stressed upon regular use of the Vibrant Pet Drops.
Dr. Willard’s® Rejuvenating Skin and Coat Spray – This topical application has been beneficial in promoting a shiny and healthy coat, as well as treating pets’ skin disorders, such as hot spots, scrapes, burns, abrasions and cuts. It also helps with pain tolerance, traumatic injuries and arthritis.
Dr. Willard’s® Aloe Gel for Pets – Aloe Vera has been heralded for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Our aloe gel for pets helps to treat infections as well as burns, cuts, wounds, and skin disorders. It can be given to dogs internally by adding some gel to their food, or topically, by applying the gel to their cats or skin.
Dr. Willard’s® is committed to the well being of pets! Each quarter we donate to Big Dogs Huge Paws along with other local donations. In August, Dr. Willard’s® is donating three Pet Care Kits to the Humane Society of the Black Hills. How will you honor dogs and cats this month?