Last year, pet parents took their fur babies to “doga” classes, invested in cat massages and trended toward purchasing more animal products online. This year promises to be an eventful one for dog and cat owners, with exciting new trends popping up everywhere you look. Whether you’re interested in improved pet tech or you’re excited about the trend toward holistic care, 2019 is your year! Here are a few of the hottest trends every dog or cat parent should know about this year.
Employer-Sponsored Pet Insurance
Pet insurance can be expensive, especially if you have multiple animals in your care. Some dog or cat owners have been forced to decide between coughing up extra money to have their furry family members insured or foregoing the extra coverage altogether. Fortunately, employer-sponsored pet insurance is becoming more popular this year and can help families afford to cover their animals.
Not all companies offer coverage for pets, but interest is growing. According to a survey conducted by Ollie, 92 percent of animal owners report they want insurance benefits for their pups and cats. With this type of interest, more companies are likely to add pet insurance to keep their employees happy. In fact, up to half of all Fortune 500 companies already include this type of coverage in their employee benefits packages.
As holistic care for humans becomes more popular, alternative therapies are also being offered more frequently to pets. Here are a few of the popular holistic care options for animals:
Just like people, animals can suffer from a variety of degenerative and painful health conditions. Alternative therapies like those listed above can potentially restore health and comfort in your furry pals. Those who offer holistic care to their pets report using it for specific medical issues, prevent health problems and address behavioral issues.
At-Home Spa Visits
Why go visit the spa when you can make the spa come to you (or, more accurately, to your dog)? Mobile spa services are on the rise, and they promise to give your dog all the beauty treatments he or she desires. From facials to blowouts, your pup can have it all without leaving home.
In addition to feeding your puppy’s ego, at-home spa visits can also have a more practical purpose. For example, a trendy service is a great option for timid pups who get nervous going to the groomer. Receiving top-quality salon and grooming services from the comfort of home is a win/win situation for both you and your pup.
In 2019, you’re going to see plenty of pets dressed just as stylishly as their parents (or even more so!). Glam clothing is one of the hottest trends for 2019, and it also happens to be one of the most fun for dog and cat parents. Gone are the days when you had to settle for an ugly doggy pullover or an ill-fitting pair of kitty boots due to lack of choices. Your biggest challenge in 2019 will probably be sifting through the many attractive clothing selections available for your pooch or cat. Here’s a quick overview of your pet’s wardrobe options:
As you can see, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to dressing your pooch in style. You can even purchase undergarments, googles or jumpsuits for your furry little guy or gal.
Raw Food Diet
A raw food diet is rapidly growing in popularity for dogs and cats alike. Since this way of feeding can be expensive, many parents choose to purchase regular, high-quality dog food and supplement their dog’s diet with raw food occasionally. Real meat treats are also rising in popularity, as dog and cat owners recognize the benefits of treating their fur babies to protein-rich snacks.
Pet tech is expanding at a dizzying rate, and owners are loving it. You now have more options than ever before when it comes to health tracking, customized nutrition, and telemedicine. Some owners are even planning to purchase fitness trackers for their pets this year. A few of the most popular tech options already in homes include:
The primary goal of tech devices for animals is to help owners take the best possible care of their fur babies. These devices can also minimize stress for pets. Internet-connected video cameras and speakers now make it possible for owners to connect with their babies even when they’re at work.
3D printing is growing rapidly for use in veterinary settings. With this advanced technology, veterinarians can now create surgical models and prosthetics for at-need animals in minimal time. While there is still much work to be done before 3D printing reaches it’s prime, 2019 holds a lot of promise for the technology in animal care settings.
Mobile Vet Clinics
The need for convenience is never going away, especially if you’re the owner of a pet or dog and have a busy lifestyle. Fortunately, veterinarians are realizing the need for mobile clinics where animal care comes to you instead of the other way around. Mobile vet clinics alleviate anxiety for dogs and cats and make it easier for owners to make sure their furry family members are receiving the care necessary for good health.
People are becoming more aware of the fact that animals experience anxiety and fear just like humans. To help calm skittish pets, stress-reducing supplements are on the rise. Owners of pets are also discovering that customizing their dog’s or cat’s diet can also help reduce emotional and physical stress. Even veterinary clinics are jumping on the “fear free” wagon and changing their models of care to alleviate anxiety. Some of their methods include using separate waiting rooms for dogs and cats, reinforcing good behavior with treats and using calming pheromones.
These are just a few of the leading pet trends that are already emerging in 2019. Which options are you going to try this year?
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