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NATIONAL PET WEEK - May 5-11, 2002

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2002 Volume XVI, No III

During the week of May 5-11, veterinar-ians, veterinary technicians, and pet owners will celebrate "People, Pets, & Veterinarians . . . a Winning Team." National Pet Week 2002 is co-sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA, ), the Auxiliary to the AVMA, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA, ), and the North American Veterinary Technician Association.

Successful teams are formed through winning partnerships. Each member contributes and benefits. National Pet Week is a mutually beneficial program for pets, their owners and veterinarians. It raises pet owners' awareness of the health issues facing their pets; it helps increase the quality of the care their pets receive; and it highlights the veterinarian as the expert on pet health care. It is a perfect opportunity to educate the public and enhance community outreach.

Pet owners want what is best for the health and welfare of their companion animals. By highlighting specific health issues through National Pet Week, owners are motivated to discuss them with their veterinarian.

Pets get better care when their owners understand specific health issues. Celebrated in early May, National Pet Week is used to raise awareness of heartworm, fleas and ticks, as well as to provide information about ongoing and preventative care for chronic conditions.

Today's pets are considered important members of the family, and for many persons pets provide emotional stability and improve their quality of life. Pet ownership is a long-term commitment, but the rewards will last a lifetime.