National Pet Month (NPM) begins tomorrow (April 1) with a strong focus on education and support for new pet owners.
Working with leading vet and pet professionals throughout the month, NPM will share top tips and advice on five welfare topics of behaviour, companionship, diet, health and environment.
Latest statistics from NOAH (National Office of Animal Health) show that pandemic pet owners are more likely to face challenges with pets due to our changing lifestyles in recent years. A study showed 27% of owners of dogs or cats acquired during the pandemic are experiencing unwanted pet behaviour, with 31% concerned they may have to give up their pet as a result.
National Pet Month is encouraging pet owners to reach out to vets and other pet professionals for help.
Dawn Howard, NOAH Chief Executive, said: “With three in 10 owners welcoming a new pet during the pandemic, there has never been a greater need for education and support around responsible pet ownership.
“Although recognising a pet is part of the family, some owners are struggling to adapt as we return to the workplace and start more regularly socialising again. In some cases, our pets are finding themselves back in rescue or suffering from separation issues.
“We want pet owners to know there is help available and encourage them not to give up on their pet. In many cases, there are simple steps an owner can take to improve a pet’s behaviour. Sometimes just one conversation with a vet or pet professional can make a positive difference for you and your animal companion.”
NPM will be staging live discussions on the five welfare needs via social media channels during the month. Owners will be encouraged to send in a 30-second video of them and their pet, explaining what they love about being a pet owner.
National Pet Month is coordinated by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) and the Pet Food Manufacturers’Association (PFMA).