Polite Pets Month

March 2014 promises to be the biggest Polite Pets Month yet. The bar keeps rising as we embark on our third Polite Pets Month.

Please note

Registration for practice packs has now closed. You can still download the fact sheets for your practice below though!

Polite Pets Month is about raising awareness in the community about behavioural issues in pets. 

In 2014 we’re focusing on phobias and anxiety disorders and are promoting the notion that ‘mental health is important for pets’. Anxiety disorders and phobias can be extremely frustrating for owners and can cause distress in pets that leads to soiling around the home, aggression and destruction.


Webinar 1 (12 February 2014) - anxiety, fear and phobias
This webinar was aimed towards veterinary nurses, ancillary staff and trainers.

Webinar 2 (19 February 2014) - anxiety, fear and phobias
This webinar was aimed towards veterinarians and the recording is available for AVA members only.

Fact sheets

These have been created for pet owners to help them better understand particular behavioural issues in their pets.

Anxiety, fear and phobias fact sheets:


Fact sheets from previous Polite Pets Months:



Our PPM 2014 animated video focuses on recognising and treating anxiety, fear and phobias in dogs, cats and pet birds. We hope you enjoy it.

In 2013, we filmed 2 videos designed to inform or remind the community that their vet can help with a pet's behavioural issues. These videos focused on the 2013 theme:

More detailed information


Polite Pets Month Foundation Sponsors

The AVA would like to thank our Polite Pets Month Foundation Sponsors:

Ceva Animal Health                                                                Royal Canin



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