Did you know that April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day? Pets are actually very beneficial to children. Our furry friends can teach youngsters about loyalty, compassion, and empathy, and can soothe them in troubled times. Some studies indicate that pets can even make kids healthier! Below, a North Phoenix, AZ vet offers some great ways to celebrate this special day.

Yummy Snacks

One thing most of our animal friends have in common is a love for tasty treats. Have the kids make some special goodies for your pet. There are lots of recipes for homemade treats for dogs and cats online. Smaller animals may enjoy getting their snacks from a fun foraging toy. Just be sure to only use ingredients that are safe for your pet. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Adventure Time

If you have a dog, bring Fido to a new park or doggy cafe. Kitties, pocket pets, birds, and reptiles are much safer staying home, so for these little ones, brighten their day with a fun toy.

Play Session

Pets can make wonderful playmates! Kids can indulge Fido with a fun game of fetch, or let Fluffy chase after the dot from a laser pointer. Smaller animals can enjoy some extra playtime out of their cages.


Capture some great pictures of your children with your pet. Go for a cute playtime action shot, or a more serene black and white photo. It will be fun to recreate these pictures later, when the kids are older.

DIY Goodies

There are lots of great DIY options for pet toys and furniture. Have the kids build Fluffy a cardboard box kitty castle, or make Fido some handmade doggy toys. Pocket pets can enjoy items made of cardboard, wood, or wicker. Look online for some great ideas.

Fun Movies

As the day winds down, gather the family together for a cute, animal-themed movie. There’s certainly no shortage of great choices! Include your furkid by offering cuddles and treats while the movie is playing.


If your children are still young, end the day by reading them a pet-themed bedtime story. Talk to them about our animal friends, and how much their love and loyalty enrich our lives.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your local North Phoenix, AZ pet clinic, anytime.