This year has been terrible for me. My stepdad has stage four cancer, which has basically made everything suck. My depression has been up and down, and the sadness in my family has been real. But what’s the one constant in my life that I can always depend on? My animals. My babies are always there for me no matter what. Whether I’m having a horrible day or a rare wonderful day, my dogs and cats love me and show no judgement. Sometimes I feel like a bad mom because my depression gets me down, but my six kids always help me stay afloat. It’s Pet Appreciation Week, so I want to share some ways that you can show your pets appreciation!
In today’s world, we are surrounded by a sea of controversy. With technology running the modern consumer’s life, debates about every subject, big or small, are constantly taking place. Just as human parents battle each other on the best way to raise children, pet parents tend to be at each other’s throats for the same reason. The way we feed our animals is often at the center of controversy in the pet space, and it’s no doubt because of the marketing that we’re are subjected to 24/7. Since Millennials are having more pets than kids, the pet industry is now a billion dollar industry. We spend money on our pets like people do on human kids. And just as a human parent could fall into the advertising trap, the same is the case for many pet parents.
There are several myths floating around regarding pet food. The options available for dogs and cats are endless. As human diets change, those patterns are being translated to our pets. I had the privilege of speaking with “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker about myths surrounding the pet food industry. We discussed what the myths are, why they are common and how we can educate pet parents about the truth.
Picture this; Your dog is outside in the backyard romping around and enjoying the day. They find something deliciously disgusting to munch on, like bugs or cat feces. Without you knowing it, your dog comes inside because it’s dinner time. As they chow down on their meal, all of those cat poop and bug germs are getting spread throughout their bowl. Sounds pretty gross, yeah? I’d say so. Did you know that a dishwasher isn’t even hot enough to kill all of those icky germs? About 67% of bowls still have Salmonella after dishwasher cleaning! But what if I told you that there IS a way to avoid that? The Kleanbowl™ from Kinn™ gives pet parents a healthier, more eco-friendly alternative to nasty germ-filled pet dishes. The Kleanbowl, designed by veterinarians, eliminates germs commonly found in pet food and water bowls, and I’m giving three people the chance to WIN one!
Most people like routine, and many people thrive on one. I’m one of those people. I don’t follow a strict schedule since I work for myself from home, but I still have a daily routine that I enjoy following. Not only does having a routine help me through my days, but it makes them much less stressful. Did you know that it’s the same for our pets? Cats and dogs prefer a routine just as humans do. In fact, if your pets aren’t on a routine it can cause serious anxiety and stress. Not sure how to go about setting a schedule for your dog or cat? Here’s how to make a schedule for your pet, and why it’s important to do so.
Admit it – social media is a part of your daily life. Currently there are over 1.5 billion monthly Facebook users. Yes, you read that correctly. Billion. With social media platforms being such a big part of the average person’s life, it only makes sense that there are social media sites for pets! Over 75% of the US population considers their pets to be family. Combine this with social media user statistics, and you have a lot of people who care about their pets and making it known online! The perfect medium for pet loving social media users? The Pet Community! The Pet Community is a social network for pet owners. It’s a place where pet parents can share photos and videos of our pets with like minded individuals…without flooding our Facebook feed (although I have no shame in this)!