November Pet Awareness Days πŸ—“οΈ

The month of November is the middle of the holiday season. It’s a month to honor our military veterans, give thanks, and promote animal awareness events.

November animal events celebrate shelter animals, senior pets, and pet awareness.

November is National Senior Pet Month and the ASPCA’s Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Older pets are as gentle, loving and loyal as any younger pet. Some of the cool benefits of adopting senior pets are:

  • Many of these animals are already house trained.
  • Senior pets wear their personalities proudly and make it easy to pick a perfect pet for your family.
  • Senior pets understand basic commands.
  • Senior pets will love you for life.

I know several pet parents who actively look for senior pets to adopt. A friend adopted a 10 year-old dog who was left in a shelter for a year.

The poor dog had a skin condition and nearly hairless. But my friend adopted Izzy and gave her the medical attention and love she deserves.

If you’re thinking of a new furry family member, please think about adopting a senior pet.



November is also National Pet Awareness Month, in celebration of how pets improve our lives and well being. This month is a time to raise awareness of pets and our duty to keep them safe, happy, healthy, and loved.

If you’re thinking about adding a pet to your family, here are a few tips:

  • Consider adopting a pet from a rescue group or shelter. You will save two lives by giving a pet a loving home and opening space for another homeless animal.
  • Pet companions improve our well being. A life shared with a pet is a happy and healthy life. When your kitty or dog greets you after a long work day, you feel better instantly.
  • Pets teach us to watch and listen. If you cat is scratching the door or if your dog is barking, you need to pick up on the clues. Pets reward us with love and acceptance – always be kind to your pet.

Rescue cat Mr. Bean (RIP) (photo by @SocialClaude)

November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month. Sponsored by Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) and the Animal Cancer Foundation.

Cancer is the result of different genetic and environmental factors. A few things to remember about cancer:

  • Learn about different types of cancer. Symptoms can mirror other medical conditions and not all tumors are malignant.
  • Watch your pet’s diet. Avoid feeding your dog the same food every day and talk to your veterinarian or a canine nutritionist.
  • Learn about cancer in dogs and talk to other pet parents. Share information and bring awareness about canine cancer.

November is Pet Diabetes Month. Diabetes cannot be cured but it can be controlled. Almost 1 in 300 adult dogs and 1 in 230 cats in the US have diabetes.

Read more about diabetes in dogs and cats. Take a quiz to see if your pet is at risk for diabetes. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if your pet is a high risk for diabetes.



November 3 to 9: National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

The National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) “honors the dedicated people who work in the animal care and control profession. The services these men and women perform every day are vital resources to the communities they serve.”

November 16 and 17: The National Dog Show is broadcast on Thanksgiving in the US.

Thanks for stopping by!
Dr. Pet Mom

“A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.”
–Hazel Nicholson

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