February 11th Was Make a Friend Day!

Sorry for the delay with this one, the launch of our new website set me back a bit. Better late than never.

I’m the first one to moan about social media, just ask the SLVC team; it takes over our lives, we spend too much time scrolling our way around it, it’s distracting – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my gripes. You should hear me when I get into full flow about it! However, when I see reminders pop up on my phone that say ‘February 11th is Make A Friend Day’, it makes me smile and reminds me that social media can be used for good too.

Make A Friend Day is focussed primarily on building human:human relationships, but my Vet self was immediately thinking of that well-known saying ‘Mans’ Best Friend’ that refers to dogs. Why can’t, or shouldn’t, Make A Friend Day be about human:animal friendships too; surely they’re just as valid and worth shouting about? Our clients at Saint Leonard Veterinary Centre regularly say “I don’t know what I would do without pooch, kitty, furry, feathery, scaly (etc), they’re my best friend”; and it’s so true, our pets love us unconditionally.

Companies all over the world have cottoned on to the depth of feeling between man and beast, and there is a massive (I’m talking multi-billion pound massive here) market that sells us every possible gizmo and gadget imaginable. To their delight we’re more than happy to part with our cash to make our fur-baby feel special. Truth be told, our pets couldn’t give a flying whatsit whether they have got a whole wardrobe of outfits, a sparkly collar or a designer bed! As long as they are fed and watered, and have got somewhere to shelter, all they really want is a lap to curl up on, feel gentle fingers scratch their ears or bellies, and to hear their humans’ soft voice talking to them. Same as us, they just want love and friendship.

One of the things we humans do is check-in on the health, happiness and well-being of our friends and this is definitely one of the most important things you can do for your pet. This is something that the team at SLVC are on hand to happily help you with 🙂 We do a routine check-up on the general health of your furry friend when you bring them in for their vaccinations anyhow, but we also run several clinics covering issues such as weight management, joint health and socialisation. The level of service and the friendships we have with our clients are just a couple of things that we pride ourselves on, and we like to think that they know to simply pick up the phone if they ever have a query and need advice.

In the spirit of Make A Friend Day, I’m just going to mention all the furries in rescue centres and shelters that would love nothing more than to find a new ‘furever’ home and have a special human that they could call their own. If you’ve been thinking of welcoming a furry member into your family then why not pop along to your local rescue – you’ll make a cat or dogs’ day.

I realise that not everyone can commit to taking on a pet for a variety of reasons: working hours or shift patterns, finances, or housing that doesn’t allow pets. There is still a way that you can be a friend though and get your ‘fur fix’. Rescue centres welcome volunteers to play with kitties and walk dogs, so you can do something good without necessarily taking on a pet 24/7. In a way, this is a bit like being an Aunty or Uncle; you can get the cuddles and pleasure of their company, without the full-time commitment 🙂

If you’re out and about in your local park or neighbourhood for a walk on February 11th (Make a Friend Day) and see an animal with its owner, ask if you can have a quick fuss of it; you never know, you might make a couple of new friends in the process.

Just thinking laterally about friendship and love, it is of course Valentine’s Day on February 14th. By all means send your furry a card if you want, but please make any food treats species compatible; chocolate in particular springs to mind – it’s toxic for dogs and we don’t want to see any poorly pooches for this reason if possible. Flowers are often given as tokens of love on this day too, so please pop flowers out of reach from kitty and hound as several types of Lily can be toxic to them!

Right, that’s me done for now. Until next time; stay safe, stay well, and be happy 🙂