Furred Lines – Pet Trends 2019

Ever since Cami’s TPLO Surgery, I have been looking into CBD and other alternative recovery aids for her. This is such a huge trend because of all the side effects that traditional medication can cause.

CBD oil, fitness trackers and meal subscription services aren’t just for humans anymore. People and pet trends are converging to blur the furry lines, according to a new survey found that found as humans become more tech-connected and embrace alternative health practices and diets themselves, these trends are extending to their pets as well.

Based on the survey, Michelson Found Animals Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise committed to saving pets and enriching lives, predicts the top pet trends for 2019 will be: Smart Tech, Alternative Therapies and Pets Eating More Like Their Owners.

Pet Tech:

  • More than half (56 percent) of pet parents say they have special tech just for their pet
  • Popular pet tech: health and nutrition apps (24 percent), pet monitoring cameras (22 percent), pet servicing apps (22 percent) and smart toys (20 percent)
  • Almost eight in 10 (79 percent) of pet owners who use pet tech use it for tracking or monitoring technology, including microchips (60 percent), cameras (22 percent) or tracking devices (20 percent).

Alternative Treatments:

  • Those who have used CBD oil or hemp products with their pets have done so as part of a general health plan (45 percent), to care for an older pet (45 percent), for a specific behavioral condition (39 percent) or for temporary relief such as following surgery or on a flight (39 percent).
  • Of the one in four (24 percent) who admit they pamper their pet with therapies, they are most likely to treat their pet with aromatherapy (81 percent), reflexology (79 percent) or naturopathy (73 percent).

Eating like Their Humans:

  • When it comes to diet, pets reign superior: more than half (52 percent) believe they feed their pets better than themselves. Millennials are more likely to say this (60 percent vs. 48 percent for 35+), as well as dog owners (56 percent vs. 48 percent for cat owners).
  • Almost four in ten pet owners with a food subscription service themselves, have signed up for a pet subscription service
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