Ah, September! Time to get ready for cooler weather, crunchy leaves, and back to school in whatever capacity that might be this year. September is recognized as two significant monthly observances. The chances are that the majority of your clients will have a reason to pay close attention to one or the other. September is not only Responsible Dog Ownership Month, but also Happy Healthy Cat Month. These two observances provide an excellent opportunity to speak directly to your feline and canine clients about how they can help their companions live their best lives!
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September: Monthly Preventative Reminder
Remind your clients that it is time to give their monthly flea, tick, and heartworm medications on September 1!
Post Example: Happy September! It’s time to give your pet their monthly preventative! If you are running low on supplies or need a new prescription, give us a call today!
September: Responsible Dog Ownership Month
Having a dog takes a lot of dedication, time, and is truly a life-changing experience. Dog owners must know exactly what they are getting into when they decide to add a canine companion to their family. Created by the American Kennel Club, Responsible Dog Ownership Month is a way to bring awareness to what we all must do as dog owners to ensure a happy, enriching, and wonderful life for our dogs. This is a great opportunity to share the core values of being a responsible owner with your clients. Take extra time this month to periodically remind owners what responsible dog ownership means. You may consider including tips like making sure your dog is leashed when out and about, microchipped and tagged, brought in for regular wellness exams, vaccinated, provided with quality food, allowed to exercise their brains, nose, and bodies, etc.
Post Example: September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Dogs require a lot of dedication, love, and attention. As dog owners, it is our obligation to make sure that our companions lead fulfilling and enriched lives by following a standard of care for our loyal canines. This includes the basics like regular vet care, shelter, food and clean water, exercise, safety, and play. Add a little love into the mix, and you can guarantee that your dog is living their best life!
September: Happy Healthy Cat Month
Much like Responsible Dog Ownership Month, Happy Healthy Cat Month was established to bring attention to the things that we as cat owners can do to ensure a quality life for our feline friends. Often seen as independent creatures, cats require a lot more time and effort that we generally give them. There are countless people out in the world that think that cat ownership is basically boiled down to food, water, and somewhere to sleep - but cats require so much more than that to live a full life.
Post Example: September is Happy Healthy Cat Month! Our feline friends deserve to live their lives to the fullest! Besides the basics of food, water, and shelter, providing cats with mental and physical stimulation through toys and play, regular and consistent vet care, and love and affection are all ways to ensure a happy and healthy cat!
September 3: International Day of Charity
If there is one thing that we can all rally behind during these turbulent times, its that giving back to those in need is important. On this International Day of Charity, consider uniting your followers to help a local animal shelter, rescue, or other good cause! Consider starting a fundraiser on Facebook, linking directly to a donation page for the cause of your choice, or simply encouraging followers to do something good like dropping off a bag of food, treats, towels, blankets, or toys at the local shelter. Don’t forget to do your part too!
Post Example: Today is the International Day of Charity. It is time to reflect on what we can do to help those in need. If you are able and feel inclined, local animal shelters and rescues are always in need of unopened dry and canned dog and cat food, treats, towels, blankets, and toys!
September 7: Labor Day
Labor Day was established to celebrate the social and economic achievements of the American worker. Here is to you, veterinary workforce! Be sure to remind clients of any office closures and what to do in case of an emergency.
Post Example: Happy Labor Day! As a reminder, we will be closed today in observance of the holiday. Our office will resume regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, September 8. Have a safe and healthy holiday!
September 11: Patriot Day
A somber and heartfelt reminder on Patriot Day speaks volumes to remembering those who lost their lives on September 11 and those who stepped up to help in America’s time of need.
Post Example: Today, we honor the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001, and extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the women, men, and rescue dogs that risked their lives to save those in need.
September 22: First Day of Fall
Happy Fall! The official change in the season is a great time to make sure that your clients know that preventative care is a year-round plan!
Post Example: Happy First Day of Fall! Just because the season is changing doesn’t mean your preventative care plan should! Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are still out and about wreaking havoc, and your pet’s monthly preventative is needed to keep them safe and protected. If you need a new prescription or a refill, give us a call today!
September 28: World Rabies Day
Rabies. It’s scary, it’s deadly, and it’s 100% preventable with a rabies vaccine. World Rabies Day was established to bring awareness about rabies and the steps we can take to prevent it. Although not extremely common in our area, exposure to rabies-infected wildlife - the majority of which are bats and skunks - is still possible, and vaccinating our pets not only protects them but our human families as well. Remind your followers that rabies vaccines are not optional.
Post Example: Rabies is a fatal virus that is most commonly found in skunks and bats in Minnesota. Up-to-date rabies vaccinations are the only way to keep your pet and family safe from this deadly disease. If your pet is due for a round of rabies vaccine, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.