Welcome to May! With the start of the spring season, it's also the busiest time of the year for most clinics. We've put together some awesome ideas to help you get a jump start on the month and make the most out of all that May has to offer! These ideas will help you stay organized, promote your clinic's services, and engage with your clients on social media. So let's dive in and make this May a success.
Don’t forget to send out a preventative reminder on May 1st!
Dog Anxiety Awareness Week runs May 1-7th and is a great opportunity to highlight the 3 S's - Separation, Sound, and Strangers - which are the most common triggers of anxiety in dogs. Share information about signs and tips for managing anxiety in regular posts and direct interested clients to your stories for more details. By raising awareness and providing guidance, you can help improve the well-being of pets and their owners.
May 3rd is Specially-Abled Pets Day, a great opportunity to celebrate pets with disabilities who are living life to the fullest. Consider reaching out to the owners of wheelie dogs, triPAWDs, and other specially-abled pets and ask if you can feature their inspiring stories on your social media page. Share some of their favorite photos and describe how you've helped them overcome challenges related to their condition. These stories can help raise awareness about pets with disabilities and inspire others to help these pets live long and fulfilling lives. Celebrating these pets will not only make them feel special, but it will also make you feel good knowing you've made a positive impact.
May the 4th Be with You on Star Wars Day! This day is not only for Star Wars fans but also for pet lovers who love to have some fun. Consider engaging your followers by asking them if their pets were Star Wars characters, which side would they be on - the dark side or the light side? You can also encourage them to share what their pets would do if they had the force. If you're feeling creative, ask your clients to share their pet photos and then use Canva to Star Wars-ify them. This can be a fun way to interact with your clients and increase engagement on your social media page. Have fun and may the force be with you!
Cinco De Mayo is a great time to highlight dog breeds from Mexico! If you have a Xoloitzcuintli visiting your clinic, give them a feature! Chances are you don’t, but you likely see plenty of Chihuahuas, which are also native to Mexico. Take this opportunity to share fun facts and interesting information about these festive breeds. The AKC website offers a wealth of knowledge about both the Xoloitzcuintli and the Chihuahua. Check out this link for some great insights: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/lifestyle/mexican-dog-breeds-xoloitzcuintli-chihuahua/
Be Kind to Animals Week and National Pet Week are both celebrated May 7th-13th! Here are some ideas for both:
Be Kind To Animals Week is a great way to raise awareness about the importance of animal welfare and the role that veterinary clinics play in promoting it. Consider collaborating with an animal welfare organization or the Humane Society to share their content on your social media. This will help raise awareness of their work and show that your clinic is committed to supporting animal welfare.
National Pet Week is a great time to feature the beneficial role that pets play in the lives of their owners! Be sure to include companionship, mental health, increased physical activity, social interaction, reduced stress, and the fact that they could help boost immune health!
National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day is on May 8th, and it's a crucial reminder for pet owners to be prepared for emergencies. Natural disasters like tornadoes and wildfires can strike at any time, so it's important for pet owners to know exactly what they would do in case of an emergency. Take some time to consider the most likely disasters in your area and create educational materials that can help pet owners plan for these events. A family disaster plan should always include provisions for pets, and it's important to consider all the factors involved in keeping pets safe during an emergency. Use this day to raise awareness about disaster preparedness for pets and help your clients keep their beloved companions safe.
Veterinary Receptionists are AWESOME! Your reception team is often the first and last impression on every client that walks through your doors. Celebrate your amazing receptionists on May 10th , National Receptionist Day, by featuring them on social media!
The role of pets in our lives is evolving, and many people now consider themselves as "pet parents." Celebrate National Dog Mom's Day on May 13th by acknowledging the important role that our canine companions play in our lives. This day isn't just for women - anyone who loves and cares for their dog as a part of their family can be a dog mom or dad. It's a great opportunity to share photos of staff dog moms and their pooches and to encourage your followers to share their own selfies with their pet or pet photos. By celebrating National Dog Mom's Day, you'll show your appreciation for all the love and care that dog moms (and dads!) give to their furry family members.
Celebrate all types of moms on Mother's Day, May 14th! Whether they have human children or fur babies, this day is for all the amazing moms out there. If you have a staff member who is a parent to both furry and human children, consider featuring a photo of them with their pack on social media. It's a great way to show appreciation for all that they do both at work and at home.
Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day on May 20th by highlighting the importance of rescue and adoption. Did you know that a little over half of pet dogs were either adopted from a shelter or rescue group, taken in as a stray, or acquired from a friend or relative? Share this information with your audience and encourage them to consider adopting their next furry friend. Collaborate with a local rescue group to showcase adoptable pets and spread awareness about the joys of rescue.
It's about to get hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof! Heat Awareness Day is coming up on May 27th, and it's time to remind pet owners about the dangers of the dog days of summer. Don't let them be clueless in the face of scorching temperatures - educate them on the signs of heatstroke and how to keep their pets cool. And if you're feeling extra creative, whip up some sizzling designs in Canva to spread the word all summer long!
If your clients are anything like me, their dog is definitely included in the Memorial Day festivities on May 30th! Ask clients to share photos of their pet enjoying Memorial Day weekend and be sure to give some safety reminders a little bit beforehand. My favorite ones to remember are:
· Bones at the BBQ and other dangerous foods
· Fireworks and large gathering safety
· Safe swimming and spending time around water practices for pets
I mean, we celebrate pet month every month, but consider a special series of patients and showcase your staff pets for Pet Month!
Foster Care Month can be used to spread awareness about the amazing work that foster-based rescues do. Encourage pet owners to get involved in this fulfilling line of volunteer work by sharing information about local rescue groups and the benefits of fostering. Celebrate the difference foster parents make in the lives of animals in need!
Chip Your Pets Month is the perfect time to promote your microchipping services. I love the idea of telling or sharing a lost pet reunited with their owner thanks to a chip kind of story. Remind clients “it’s hip to chip!”, show them how easy a microchip is placed, and break down the real cost and process of registering and anything else you feel they should know about microchips!
Asthma and Allergies Month is a great opportunity to show owners what allergies and asthma actually look like in pets! If you have an itchy boy or wheezy gal that can help demonstrate allergies and asthma- show them off (with owner approval, of course!) to help other clients recognize what allergies and asthma look like in real life!
May is Lyme Disease Prevention Month, which means it's the perfect time to spread awareness about this serious disease that can harm our furry friends. With more people taking their dogs out for walks and hikes in the warmer weather, it's important to educate pet owners about the risks of Lyme disease and how to prevent it. Share tips on tick prevention, such as using tick repellents and checking your pet for ticks after outdoor activities. And don't forget to mention the symptoms of Lyme disease as well as the importance of Lyme testing.
If you just don't have the time for social media, VHA can lend a hand! For $60, you’ll receive 16 graphics, captions to copy and paste, templates to customize, and tutorials to assist you with topics like scheduling your content, adding your logo, and more. Included this month is an infographic about Heat safety and a series post about microchips, and everything you need to get May scheduled and squared away! Get back to doing what you are passionate about - caring for pets and the people that love them!