Trends and Pet Health: Why Some Pet Health Trends Could be Helpful (or Harmful) for your Pet

By Guest Blogger, Kristina Marshall

HELPFUL: Secure your pet in the car

We do it for our kids. We should be doing the same for our pets too. In case of an accident, you want to ensure that your furry friend is safe. There are several ways to secure your pet in the car. Here are some of your options.

  • Fit a pet harness seat belt onto them so they stay secure in one position
  • For more active pets, you can attach a zipline harness 
  • Put your pet in a crate or plush carry box
  • Create a backseat hammock
  • Install a backseat barrier or pet guard

HARMFUL: Putting your pet on a vegan diet

If you’re vegan, you may be tempted to let your pet undergo a vegan diet too! However, this can end up being dangerous for them. Cats and dogs cannot survive by eating plant food alone. They need to have meat in their diet. Pets that are put on a vegan diet often suffer from gastrointestinal problems or worse, malnourishment and death.

HELPFUL: Paying attention to breed-specific health issues

Each animal breed is unique and requires specific care. We’re not just talking grooming here but predisposition to certain health issues. For example, with dogs, certain breeds are at more risk for certain health conditions. It’s good to be aware of what these risks are so you can give your pet proper care.

Take basset hounds with their large floppy ears and droopy skin which can often lead to vision problems. Pugs may be known for their cute pushed-in face but it can also be a cause of their breathing problems. Another popular breed is the labrador retriever who faces an increased risk of joint disease when they don’t get enough exercise.

HARMFUL: Feeding your pet too much

Those chubby dogs and cats you see on Instagram may be cute and adorable; but that doesn’t mean they are healthy. Just like humans, pets need to maintain a healthy weight in order to live an optimal life. Avoid overfeeding and make sure that they get enough exercise. For example, limit their meals to two to three times a day and do walks or playtime at least once a day.

HELPFUL: Getting pet insurance

As a pet owner, you will do everything you can to ensure they get the best medical care possible. However, you can end up paying for expensive medical bills when your dog or cat has to undergo surgery or medication. 

A way to get them covered is by getting pet insurance. Monthly premiums can range from $25 to $40. It’s an added cost but it’s worth the peace of mind knowing you won’t go broke in case the unexpected happens. Whenever your pet gets into an accident or illness, you can easily use your pet’s health insurance and not worry about the huge cost.

HARMFUL: Aromatherapy in the home

Look, everyone wants to have a nice smelling home. But using essential oils to achieve that may not be good for your pets. Remember that most pets have a stronger sense of smell. Cats have 200 million odor sensitive cells while dogs have 220 million. What may smell pleasant to you may be overwhelming to them. Certain smells can also make them feel depressed and lethargic.

You don’t have to ditch your essential oils. However, you do need to be aware of how you use them. The best way to go about it is by diluting it so that the smell is barely noticeable. Some safe oils you can use include marjoram, sage, and chamomile. Stay away from oils like lavender, tea tree, cinnamon, ylang-ylang, pine, and peppermint. 

Heard of other peculiar pet trends? Which of the trends listed have you tried for yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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