Pet ownership and pet spending is increasing EXPONENTIALLY!
It's amassed almost $67 billion (Yes, BILLION) in 2016, which was a $6 billion increase in just over a year!
In 2017, it was almost $70 billion!!!!! (*answer "B" on IG post, btw)
Many people complain about vet/health-related expenses and yet...
So...WHAT ARE YOU BUYING?!
I'm genuinely curious.
We know there is a big market for pet toys and pet (believe it or not) clothing, as well as food and supplies.
Many clients and friends are surprised when I discuss things like the benefits of fish oil supplementation (easily obtained from CostCo or Amazon) because they've haven't heard of this.
Under my "store" page there are some "fab finds" and essentials (IMHO) - especially fish oil and a GREAT detangler; if your pet gets any kind of fur tangle - YOU NEED THIS ITEM!
While other parts of the US haven't quite hit a springtime "feel", HERE in Southern California, we most certainly have!
Here are a few TIPS for the season:
Are there any other tips you'd like to make mention?
Researchers in a recent study reported that pugs appear to have "gait abnormalities" (aka walk a little funny) and that these abnormalities increase with age.
How can pugs be ANYTHING but cute?
Seriously though, it's important to know characteristics ascribed to certain breeds, as pet parents.
Something that may look like an abnormality, may be typical for a select group.
Also, what may appear to be as a defect or a structural problem, may have ZERO impact on how a dog actually feels, and whether or not he/she has pain.
I have seen very atypical radiographs yet...the animal was fine.
Know YOUR pet and know his/her breed(s).
No two pets are the same.
Even if they are of the same breed.
Even if they come from the same litter.
When in doubt as to what may or may not be an issue in your pet's function, though, please seek professional advisement. If there IS a problem, the sooner you address it, the better (& ultimately less costly) for everyone.
These are my friends, Biscuit & Bonnie! Go check them out on Instagram.
And take your dog out for a walk!
Rohdin C., et al. High prevalence of gait abnormalities in pugs. Vet Rec. 2018 Feb.
Cognitive dysfunction is a sign of an aging brain. It basically means issues with thinking and processing, and it happens in both people and pets. Sometimes you will see it abbreviated as "C.D.S" or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.
Since our pets are living longer lives, this is a fact to be aware of and take appropriate measures to lessen the effects.
Some signs of it's presence may include:
There are ways to maintain the brain's function if not slow down the processes while increasing health and quality of life.
I get questions all the time on what pet parents can do, and here are some of the things to implement:
I would love to have your thoughts and experiences!