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The Huge List of 2018 Pet Holidays for Veterinary Practices

Has this ever happened to you? You sign into your practice Facebook Page, only to realize that yesterday was National Black Cat Appreciation Day or World Animal Day, and you missed it! You’re definitely not alone. In the past few years, so many pet “holidays” or celebratory days have popped up that it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all.

Organizations like the AVMA have put together lists to help you keep track of some of these holidays, but their lists are more awareness-focused, and often miss the more informal or goofier holidays.

So, to keep you in the loop, we’ve put together a gigantic list of all the pet-themed holidays we could find. And then, because we know that you like to have fun, we threw in some of our favorite non-pet themed holidays as well.

Somehow, we just know your practice will find an appropriate way to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Call it a hunch!


January

Months

Walk Your Pet Month
National Train Your Dog Month
Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

Days

January 2: National Pet Safety Travel Day, Happy Mew Year for Cats Day
January 5: National Bird Day, National Whipped Cream Day
January 6: National Cuddle Up Day
January 14: National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Seeing Eye Dog Day
January 15: National Hat Day (who doesn’t love cute pets wearing hats?)
January 21: National Hug Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day (your dog appreciates squirrels—or at least the chance to chase them)
January 24: Change a Pet’s Life Day
January 28: National Have Fun At Work Day


February

Months

Pet Dental Health Month
Dog Training Education Month
National Cat Health Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
Unchain a Dog Month
National Prevent a Litter Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
American Heart Month
Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month

Weeks

2nd Week of February: Have a Heart for Chained Dogs Week

Days

February 2: Groundhog Day
February 9: National Pizza Day
February 14: Pet Theft Awareness Day, Valentine’s Day
February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 20: National Love Your Pet Day
February 22: Walk Your Dog Day
February 23: International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
February 27 (2018)/Last Tuesday: Spay Day USA/World Spay Day


March

Months

Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

Weeks

1st Full Week: Professional Pet Sitters Week
3rd Full Week: Poison Prevention Week

Days

Mar 1: National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
Mar 3: If Pets Had Thumbs Day, International Ear Care Day
Mar 8: International Women’s Day
Mar 13: K-9 Veterans Day
Mar 14: Pi Day
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 20: International Day of Happiness
Mar 23: National Puppy Day
Mar 28: Respect Your Cat Day
Mar 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day


April

Months

National Heartworm Awareness Month
National Greyhound Adoption Month
National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
National Pet Month

Weeks

Apr 1- 7: International Pooper Scooper Week
2nd Full Week: National Animal Control Appreciation Week
3rd Full Week: National Pet ID Week, Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week

Days

First Saturday of April: Every Day is Tag Day
First Wednesday of April: National Walking Day
April 1: April Fools!
April 2: National Ferret Day
April 6: National Siamese Cat Day
April 7: World Health Day
April 11: National Pet Day, Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
April 20: National LookALike Day
April 21: Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
April 22: Earth Day
April 23: National Lost Dog Awareness Day
April 25: National Administrative Professionals Day
Apr 30: National Tabby Day, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
Last Wednesday of April: International Guide Dog Day
Last Saturday of April: World Veterinary Day
Last Sunday of April: National Pet Parents Day


May

Months

Chip Your Pets Month
Lyme disease Prevention Month
National Service Dog Eye Examination Month

Weeks

1st Full Week: National Pet Week, Be Kind to Animals Week
Monday Before Mother’s Day: Puppy Mill Action Week

Days

First Sunday of May: Mayday for Mutts
Second Sunday of May: Mother’s Day
May 1: National Purebred Dog Day, May Day
May 3: National Specially-abled Pets Day, Hug Your Cat Day
May 4: Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you)
May 5: The Fifth Strikes Back, Cinco de Mayo, National Ferret Day
May 8: National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day
May 14: International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
Monday before May 25: Victoria Day
May 30: International Hug Your Cat Day
Last Monday of May: Memorial Day


June

Months

Adopt-a-Cat Month
Adopt-a-Shelter-Cat-Month
National Pet Preparedness Month
National Microchipping Month
Social Petworking Month

Weeks

1st week: Pet Appreciation Week
Week after Father’s Day: Take Your Pet to Work Week

Days

Second Tuesday of June: World Pet Memorial Day
Third Friday of June: Ugliest Dog Day
June 4: National Hug Your Cat Day
June 1: Global Day of Parents, National Donut Day
June 6: National Running Day
June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8: National Best Friends Day
June 19: National Garfield Day
June 21: National Dog Party Day, International Day of Yoga


July

Months

Dog House Repair Month
National Lost Pet Prevention Month
National Ice Cream Month

Weeks

3rd Week in July: National Zoo Keeper Week
Everbody Deserves a Massage Week: July 10-16

Days

Third Sunday of July: Ice Cream Day
July 1: Canada Day
July 4: Independence Day
July 11: All-American Pet Photo Day
July 15: National Pet Fire Safety Day
July 21: National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day, No Pet Store Puppies Day
July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
July 30: International Day of Friendship, National Cheesecake Day
July 31: National Mutt Day


August

Month:

National Immunization Awareness Month
Month of “DOGust”

Weeks

1st Sunday of August: International Assistance Dog Week

Days

Third Saturday of Aug: International Homeless Animals Day
August 1: DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
August 8: International Cat Day
August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
August 10: Spoil Your Dog Day, National Lazy Day
August 15: National Check the Chip Day, Relaxation Day
August 16: National Tell a Joke Day
August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
August 22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
August 26: National Dog Day
August 30: National Holistic Pet Day


September

Month:

National Disaster Preparedness Month
Happy Healthy Cat Month
Back-to-School Month
National Guide Dogs Month
National Pet Insurance Month
Animal Pain Awareness Month
National Pet Memorial Month
National Service Dog Month

Weeks

Last full week of September: National Dog Week, Deaf Pet Awareness Week, Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week
Third Full Week of September: National Farm Animals Awareness Week

Days

1st Monday in September: Labor Day
Second Sunday of September: National Hug Your Hound Day, National Pet Memorial Day
September 1: Ginger Cat Appreciation Day
September 4: National Wildlife Day
September 28: World Rabies Day
Third Saturday of Sept: Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Responsible Dog Ownership Day


October

Months

National Pit Bull Awareness Month
Adopt-A-Dog Month
Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month
National Animal Safety and Protection Month

Weeks

1st Full Week of October: Animal Welfare Week
1st Full Week of October: National Walk Your Dog Week
3rd Full Week of October: National Veterinary Technician Week

Days

First Friday of Oct: World Smile Day
Second Monday of Oct: Canadian Thanksgiving
Second Wednesday of Oct: National Pet Obesity Awareness Day
October 1: International Coffee Day, National Fire Pup Day, National Black Dog Day
Oct 4: World Animal Day
Oct 5: National Do Something Nice Day
Oct 15: National Grouch Day
Oct 16: Global Cat Day
Oct 28: National Pitbull Awareness Day, National Chocolate Day
Oct 30: National Black Cat Day
Oct 31: Halloween


November

Months

Pet Cancer Awareness Month
National Senior Pet Month
Adopt a Senior Pet Month
Pet Diabetes Month

Weeks

1st Week of November: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Days

4th Thursday of Nov: American Thanksgiving
November 1: National Cook for Your Pets Day
November 3: World Kindness Day
November 5: National Donut Day (#2! Because you can’t have just one!)
November 7: National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
November 11: Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day
November 14: World Diabetes Day
November 17: National Take a Hike Day
November 26: National Cake Day


December

Month:

Cat Lover’s Month

Days

December 2: National Mutt Day (Round 2!)
December 4: National Cookie Day
December 5: International Volunteer Day
December 13: National Cocoa Day (the perfect day to cuddle up with a cup of hot cocoa!)
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day (Canada)
December 31: New Year’s Eve


That’s a wrap! We hope you’ll have as much fun celebrating these fun, goofy holidays as we’ve had putting them together!

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