See Spot sit. See Spot run. See Spot jump.

Simple sentences from days gone by bring back many fond memories. It isn۪t hard to recall the classrooms or teachers in elementary school where vintage Dick and Jane books were an important and a positive part of the childhood educational process.  Learning to read utilizing these original readers are treasured childhood memories.  It is heartwarming to reminisce about the magical adventures of the adorable children and their care of famous pets Puff and Spot.

Even today, our lives are very inclusive of the special times we share with our pets. Some families even plan a special family outing to celebrate the birthday of their pets complete with cake and doggie ice cream! This can be especially fun for children who can be involved in the planning and running of the party. For years to come, photos taken to commemorate these events and the life of our precious pets are treasured heirlooms. Since pet owners don't always know the date of birth of their pet, they often celebrate the day the animal became a part of the family as its birthday." According to a recent survey on The Pet Wiki, 36% of dog owners give their pets presents on their birthday, as do 20% of cat owners. One of the best gifts that pet owners can give their pets is good health.

Veterinarian professionals provide practical tips and care to help keep pets healthy and happy.  One of the most important tips provided is to make sure your home is a safe environment for your pet. This includes removing low electrical cords, toxic foods, plants, medicines and chemicals from within reach of your pet. Additionally, it is important to make sure that pets housed in outdoor pet houses benefit from climate-controlled settings that will prevent heat and cold related illnesses. A pet exposed to bitter cold may become lethargic, depressed, weak, and even could become hypothermic.  Similarly, pets exposed to extreme heat are vulnerable to heat related illnesses including heat stroke.  A regular physical is often the most overlooked pet health need today. Most people only take their pet to a veterinarian when a health problem already exists or for routine vaccinations.  A veterinary professional can also design a diet and exercise plan to meet your pet۪s specific needs to avoid obesity which can lead to serious pet diseases such as heart disease. The right kind of food and physical activity can also add to the quality of your pet۪s life.

Without a doubt, our pets play a valuable role in the quality of our daily lives. They give us opportunities to exercise, keep us company and are sometimes responsible for saving us from life threatening situations. As pet owners,  we  have an obligation to provide the necessary resources to help them thrive and make memories for as long as possible!