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Top Ten Tips for Responsible Pet Ownership

National Pet Month sponsors Medivet are a big supporter of National Pet Month's top ten tips. Read on for their advice on how to make our tips work well for you and your pets.......

Help your pet make the most of their retirement

Just like people, as our pets age they become increasingly likely to suffer from ill health and develop veterinary conditions. The good news is that advancements in veterinary care provide real opportunities to treat, manage and even cure many of the problems our pets suffer with, giving them their good health back and us precious extra years with them. In fact, our older pets’ twilight years can be the most special of all, because by this stage, we know our pets and they know us so very well, making our bond with them stronger than ever, writes our sponsor Agria Pet Insurance.

How pet bonds make lives better

Many people think that once they enter their later years it’s not a good idea to keep their pets. But we think pets can continue to make a fantastic companion, whatever your age. There are lots of excellent reasons why pets are a great idea even as you enter your more mature years, writes our sponsor The Medivet Veterinary Partnership.

National Pet Month (April 1- May 4) urges TV and radio presenters to share their pet stories with #pettalk on air

UK TV and radio presenters are being issued with the ultimate challenge during National Pet Month (April 1 – May 4, 2015) – talk about your pets on air!

An older pet? They’re the best!

Older pets, just like Ricky and Shan mentioned here, can make the most fantastic companions, says National Pet Month sponsor Agria Pet Insurance.

Helping your pet grow old gracefully

It can be a shock to realise that a pet who feels like a permanent member of your family, is getting old. You all know that your pet is a special individual and they all age in very different ways. One of our sponsors, The Medivet Veterinary Partnership, help thousands of pets across the country live long, happy and healthy lives into their mature years so here they share some general tips on how to help your pet do the same!

6 small animals, 6 big vets’ bills!

Encouraging responsible pet ownership is central to National Pet Month. Keeping our pets healthy is the most important thing we can do for them, but, as one of our sponsors, Agria Pet Insurance, highlights, however responsible we are, even the youngest cats and dogs can suddenly find themselves being rushed to the vet…

National Pet Month is here... get involved!

Today marks the launch of National Pet Month – a chance for UK pet fans to come together and celebrate life with their pets. Not only that but it’s a fantastic opportunity to remind ourselves of how important it is to look after our pets responsibly and to support the work of the many pet charities around the UK who work tirelessly for injured, ill and homeless pets, providing a vital lifeline. There are lots of really simple ways you can show your support for UK pets during National Pet Month and here’s how:

National Pet Month - April 1 - May 4, 2015 is almost here

Pets fans of the UK unite! National Pet Month is almost here! This nationwide celebration gets underway on Wednesday, April 1 and runs until May 4, encouraging responsible pet ownership and helping raise thousands of pounds for UK pet charities.

National Pet Month: shining a light on pets and older people

Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together is this year’s National Pet Month theme and we want you, our nation’s pet fans, to get involved. In the coming weeks we hope to shine a light on the positive impact pets have as we grow older and highlight the need for forever homes for our older pets. So, if you are a person of later years or have an elderly family member or friend who has an inspiring tale to tell about the wonderful role pets have played and continue to play in their life, then email us at info@turquoisetiger.co.uk and send in some pics of you and your pets. We’d love to hear from you and share your stories on social media and through our blog.

National Pet Month – April 1 – May 4 reveals exciting theme for 2015

Older pets and older people will share the spotlight during National Pet Month – April 1 – May 4, 2015. This year’s theme - Pets and the elderly: enjoying later years together – will shine a light on the positive impact pets have on the elderly and highlight the need for forever homes for older pets.

National Pet Month appoints new Chairman on eve of 2015 campaign

National Pet Month – April 1 to May 4 2015 has announced the appointment of a new Chairman on the eve of its 2015 campaign. Michael Bellingham, former Vice Chairman of the charity, takes over the chairmanship role this month following the retirement of outgoing Chairman Phil Sketchley.

Agria and Medivet sponsor National Pet Month April 1 – May 4 2015

Two leading businesses are joining forces with National Pet Month to help promote responsible pet ownership and encourage pet fans to raise vital funds for UK charities. Agria Pet Insurance and the Medivet Veterinary Partnership will be primary sponsors for National Pet Month’s 2015 campaign - April 1 to May 4 2015.

Dogs Trust Loughborough Wins National Pet Award

Dogs Trust Loughborough has won the National Pet Month ‘best charity event’ award after their endeavours were officially recognised by the National Pet Month Trustees. Under the banner ‘Celebrate Your Pets’, Dogs Trust showed us how to do just that in style. With an event that drew in the local community, there were many activities going on from craft sessions for children to a Mr Darcy weekend, Mr Darcy being the much loved sponsor dog.

Kingston Maurward awarded best National Pet Month educational event for 2014

Kingston Maurward College has been awarded National Pet Month’s ‘Best Educational Establishment Event’ for 2014. Chosen from events held all over the country, their certificate was presented by National Pet Month chairman Phil Sketchley on 20 October, when around 50 students took part in a session explaining the rationale behind the National Pet Month charity and learning about its top ten tips for responsible pet ownership.

The Pets In My Stories: author Victoria Eveleigh writes for National Pet Month

Writer Victoria Eveleigh shares her life with many animals and this year, in partnership with her publisher Orion Children’s Books, has donated five sets of ‘Joe and the Hidden Horsehoe Trilogy’ as prizes for National Pet Month supporters. Look out for our Retweet competition on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning.

Win, win, win this Bank Holiday weekend!

Yay, it's the Bank Holiday and now's your chance to win a bumper load of fantastic prizes, thanks to our friends and supporters.

Award-winning author lends support to National Pet Month

Award-winning author Cliff McNish’s heartfelt comedy novel is about four dogs stuck in a rescue centre. Called Going Home, it's aimed at 8-12 year olds, and is both fun and poignant. Look out for our Retweet competition on Twitter and you could win one of 10 signed copies up for grabs. In the meantime here’s an interview with Cliff about his new book.

Top 10 Tips For Responsible Pet Ownership

Pets can be a wonderful addition to our lives but bringing a pet into your home is not a decision to be made lightly. So, please read our Top 10 Tips and encourage your friends and family to do the same before taking on a new pet companion.

Thank you for your help so far!

National Pet Month's 25th anniversary year is proving to be a fantastic event for everyone involved and that's down to YOU, our wonderful supporters. Thank you so much.

Think of us as a big, pet friendly umbrella

There's so much more to National Pet Month than a five week campaign each year. We're here to educate pet owners all year round and to help all UK pet charities raise money for their vital work.

Party Time for Pets

Our Twitter #NPMLaunch party got this year's National Pet Month campaign off to a flying start yesterday. Here's what happened.

National Pet Month starts today!

5 Simple Steps To Show You Care

People of Britain, your country needs you! Next Tuesday (April 1) marks the start of National Pet Month. Show you care and take 5 simple steps to help our nation's beloved pets.

National Pet Month needs you! April 1 - May 5

People across the UK are being encouraged to celebrate the 25th birthday of National Pet Month by raising money for animals in need.

25 years of National Pet Month

National Pet Month has come a long way in the last 25 years. Here are some of our highlights. If you have memories of National Pet Month, or National Pet Week as it was originally, please email your stories and pics to info@turquoisetiger.co.uk We'd love to share them.

Help us celebrate our silver anniversary in style

National Pet Month - April 1-May 5 - is just a few weeks away and this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

National Pet Month grows by more than 100,000 pet fans on eve of silver anniversary celebrations

UK charity National Pet Month – April 1 to May 5, 2014 is looking forward to connecting with thousands more pet lovers after stepping in to save two of Facebook’s best loved pet communities on the eve of its 25th anniversary.

Wonderful Wilson helps Lauren break through barriers

National Pet Month is all about celebrating the amazing impact pets have on our lives and the joy and positivity they bring to us each day. Here we focus on Essex based writer Lauren John who speaks about life with her sister’s wonderful dog Wilson who has helped her overcome anxiety and mild agoraphobia.

Celebrities and their pets: TV presenter Laura Hamilton

Another celebrity who supports National Pet Month and is a great pet fan is TV presenter and Dancing On Ice finalist Laura Hamilton. Despite her hectic schedule she very kindly answered our questions as she was waiting to fly to Spain. Thanks Laura!

Kimi and Casper: canine companions that are changing lives

National Pet Month is all about celebrating the amazing impact pets have on our lives and the joy they bring to us every day. Here, in the first of a series of blogs, we focus on pet owner Tara Coyles-Gould who speaks about life with her incredible dogs Kimi and Casper who have helped raise funds and awareness for Staffie rescue groups.

Celebrities and their pets: TV actress Lu Corfield

We've been overwhelmed with support shown to us by our celebrity friends. Here actress Lu Corfield (Doctors, Candy Cabs) explains why she loves being a pet owner and why she decided to support National Pet Month for the second year running.

Kids Get Crafty Schools Competition

National Pet Month launches its competition for schools and childrens groups

Pets at Home sponsors National Pet Month!

We're delighted to have Pets at Home as a sponsor for this year's National Pet Month. Here's why they wanted to get involved.

Join in our competitions and win prizes galore during National Pet Month!

Thanks to our generous supporters we've got loads of fun competitions and lovely pet goodies to give away during National Pet Month. Here's how you can join in.

Companions For Life

Pets make fantastic companions and so when it came to choosing our theme for this year companionship had to be top of the list. Increasingly studies show that pets really are good for our physical and mental health. So, please show you care - read our article, share it with friends and let's make National Pet Month 2013 the best yet!

Raise money for UK pet charities with National Pet Month

We want to help pet charities across the UK raise as much money as possible during National Pet Month so they can continue their great work. Here's how.

Why your support can help pet charities across the UK - TOGETHER we can make a difference!

With only a few weeks to go until National Pet Month we explain how easy it is for you to get involved in this year's campaign. Join us today and show your support!

National Pet Month – April 1- May 6, 2013 - needs you!

The involvement of veterinary professionals across the UK is vital to the success of National Pet Month. Here's how...

Welcome to National Pet Month 2013

Welcome to National Pet Month’s very first blog. Over the coming weeks we'll be telling you all about this year's campaign, which takes place from April 1 - May 6, 2013 and explaining how YOU can be a part of it.

Youngsters invited to draw their happy pets for National Pet Month 2010

National Pet Month is a charity raising the profile of how to look after our pets responsibly whilst showing how much fun we can have with them. This year, from 3 April – 3 May, National Pet Month will be celebrating its 21st birthday and thousands of people will be celebrating life with their pets at hundreds of events up and down the country.

Get Snap Happy During National Pet Month in Celebration of your Pet

In recognition of the role pets play throughout our lives National Pet Month is running a photographic competition calling on pet owners to get snap happy and send in a photograph that captures the special bond between them and their pet. Launching on 03 April, the competition will run until 03 May.

National Pet Month Announces winner of ‘Friends for Life’ Photography Competition

In support of the ‘Pets for Life’ campaign, led by the Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS), National Pet Month ran a photographic competition which included a special category for the over 60s called ‘Friends for Life’. The competition called on pet lovers to get snap happy and send in a picture that captured the special bond between them and their pet.

St Vincent's Primary School Wins National Pet Competition

Children at St Vincent’s Primary school, Mill Hill East, have been announced the winners of the National Pet Month schools competition. Working to the theme “A happy pet I know”, the children sent in an array of colourful pictures depicting their happy pets. The theme was used to highlight National Pet Month’s top 10 tips for responsible pet ownership.

St Boniface Vets - Overall winners of the National Pet Month event competition 2010

Philip Sketchley, Chairman of the Trustees (NOAH, PFMA and PCT) presented an award to Emma James and the team at St Boniface Vets on Thursday 18th November. Also in attendance were pupils and parents from Hayward’s Primary School.

Youngsters from Lea Valley Cub Scouts in Luton, Bedfordshire excel

Youngsters from Lea Valley Cub Scouts in Luton, Bedfordshire excelled as runners-up in the 2010 National Pet Month childrens’ art competition.  Working to the theme “A happy pet I know”, the children sent in an array of colourful pictures depicting happy pets with some delightful comments. The theme was used to highlight National Pet Month’s top 10 tips for responsible pet ownership.

National Pet Month 2011: Happiness is…….time with your pet

During the month, thousands of people will be celebrating happy times with their pets at hundreds of events up and down the country. While many of these events will raise funds for local animal charities, National Pet Month is not just about fund raising. It is also all about raising awareness of how pets make people’s lives happier and healthier, and how we can repay the pets we love by looking after them responsibly.

National Pet Month 2011: Happiness is……time with your pet (vet press)

From 2 April – 2 May, National Pet Month will be encouraging people to get happy and healthy spending time with their pets, with its theme of ‘Happiness is…..time with your pet’

National Pet Month 2011: Happiness is……time with your pet (pet business press)

From 2 April – 2 May, National Pet Month will be encouraging people to get happy and healthy spending time with their pets with its theme of ‘Happiness is….time with your pet’.

National Pet Month announces its sponsors for 2011

In a year that will really highlight the unique relationship people have with their pets, National Pet Month 2011 is delighted to announce Royal Canin as its platinum sponsor.

Animal control team awarded 'best event' in country

Basildon Council’s animal control team was officially awarded with ‘Best Event’ this week, after being chosen from more than 1,800 National Pet Month events across the country.

National Pet Month: Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group ‘best veterinary event’ brings new clients

The Old Golfhouse Veterinary Group, based in Watton, Norfolk, has been officially awarded with National Pet Month’s ‘Best 2011 Veterinary Event’.

National Pet Month 2012: Your pets and you: a winning team

From 7 April – 7 May, National Pet Month will be encouraging people to team up with their pets to get happy and healthy.

National Pet Month makes its first appearance at the Education Show, NEC Birmingham

National Pet Month, now in its 23rd year, is a charity that facilitates supporter-run events across the UK that fundraise for local animal charities and raise awareness of how pets make people’s lives happier and healthier and how we can repay the pets we love by looking after them responsibly.

Win books galore with National Pet Month

With only days to go until the start of National Pet Month – April 7 to May 7, 2012 – teachers have the chance to win £200 worth of books and impress their peers with their lesson plan prowess.

Pets and people make a winning team for National Pet Month

National Pet Month – April 7 to May 7 2012 – is just around the corner and we need UK pet lovers to help make this national celebration of responsible pet ownership the biggest and best yet.

National Pet Month 2012: Your pets and you – a winning team

National Pet Month, with its theme of ‘Your pets and you – a winning team’, runs all the way through to 7 May. It’s not too late for veterinary practices to get involved and show what they have to offer clients – and potential clients.

Share your Dog tales on Twitter and win a luxury break

The search is on to find the nation’s best doggy holiday story via social networking site Twitter.

Tales of the unexpected: celebrities share animal antics

Celebrity pet owners have been telling tales of life with their furry friends for National Pet Month – April 7 to May 7, 2012.

Calling young writers: share your animal adventures

Budding young writers have the chance to win some fabulous prizes for themselves and their school by sharing pet adventure stories to celebrate National Pet Month – April 7 to May 7, 2012.

Make your pet a movie star

Our pets provide us with hours of entertainment so now’s the time to make them a movie star for National Pet Month – April 7 to May 7, 2012 in our Pets in the Spotlight video competition.

Win books galore with National Pet Month

Teachers have the chance to win £200 worth of books and impress their peers with their lesson plan prowess.

Winner of 'The Great Escape' Creative Writing Competition Announced

National Pet Month announced 11 year old Bethany Westoby as the winner of this year’s creative writing competition for children.

‘Take Me to the Kittens!’ Awarded Best National Pet Month Event in the Whole Country

‘Take Me to the Kittens!’ Awarded Best National Pet Month Event in the Whole Country

National Pet Month 2012: Avalon Veterinary Clinic wins best veterinary event competition

Avalon Veterinary Clinic, based in Milngavie, Glasgow, was officially awarded with National Pet Month’s ‘Best 2012 Veterinary Event’ today.

National Pet Month’s winning dog tale scoops luxury break

@OmaniDog and owner Jayne McGill from Cardiff have won a fabulous holiday to the Isle of Wight in National Pet Month’s #DogHols competition on Twitter.

National Pet Month 2012: Kingston Maurward braves downpour to win best educational establishment event in national competition

Kingston Maurward College, based in Dorchester, Dorset, was officially awarded with National Pet Month’s ‘Best 2012 Educational Establishment Event’ today.

Full Steam Ahead For National Pet Month 2013

National Pet Month April 1 – May 6 2013 is back and all set to be bigger and better than ever as UK pet owners come together in a nationwide celebration of responsible pet ownership.

Make your pet a movie star

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