Earth Day is coming up April 30th! We live on a beautiful planet, which we share with millions of different animals. This is a great time to raise awareness about how best to protect and care for not only the environment, but also both domestic and wild animals. A Brampton, ON vet offers some advice on celebrating this special day with both your kids and the family pet below.
What better way to celebrate our beautiful planet than by exploring it a bit? Head off to a pretty park, and bring Fido along with you. The fresh air, sunshine, and exercise will do all of you some good. This can also make for a great photo opportunity. Fluffy should stay indoors, but she may appreciate a fun play session.
Arts and crafts are wonderful ways for kids to express themselves. Have your young ones draw some photos of the earth and/or their favorite animals. Stories and poems will work, too!
One thing that is often brought up around Earth Day is the topic of limiting waste. That goes hand in hand with reducing clutter. This also goes for Fido and Fluffy! Donate that expensive cat tower Fluffy ignores, or that empty hamster cage that’s sitting in the garage. The kids can also help with some pet-supervised cleaning or gardening.
Earth Day is often a time to raise awareness about things like pollution and sustainability. That old adage about ‘reduce, recycle and reuse’ can definitely apply to pets! Upcycle an old tee shirt into a rope toy for Fido, or turn a stepladder into a cat tower for Fluffy. You’ll find more ideas and instructions online.
One of the few bright notes of the coronavirus pandemic is that there are now many more opportunities to visit places virtually. Take the kids on a fun ‘zoom’ trip somewhere!
At the end of the day, settle in with some great movies or documentaries about our animal companions. There’s certainly no shortage of great ones to choose from! Many of these are just as fun and entertaining for grownups as they are for little ones. Older kids may enjoy a good documentary.
Do you have questions or concerns about caring for your pet? Contact us, your Brampton, ON veterinary clinic!