Like so many of you, my pets are my family. If it was up to me my entire Instagram feed would be just them. Honestly I don’t think my friends would mind! My Weimaraner is a crack up, he knows how to open doors, stands on our shoulders when we leave him for as little as 10 minutes (maybe less) and just loves everyone. My Yorkie on the other hand? Well, that’s another story! I still love her though. And not surprisingly most pet owners feel the same way I do. The pet industry is a huge business, in fact it’s a $50 billion a year industry. Renowned pet expert, Jenn Fadal joined me yesterday to share tips on how we can best keep our pets happy, healthy, fit and well all while sticking to a budget!
Candace Rose: We all love our pets, but what are some of the most unusual things you’ve heard of people doing for their pets?
Jenn Fadal: “Well, the pet industry is a $50 billion a year industry, so people are doing all sorts of things. Some of the craziest things would be leaving their pets millions of dollars in a will, such as a cat recently won $13 million in Italy in her pet parents will. Other things are just buying really fun pet products like diamond encrusted jewelry and collars and spending money on lavish parties for your pet.
Today I’m at Uptown Pups in Atlanta, and they have a huge assortment of really cute products such as blingy sweatshirts, pet strollers, awesome beds, bowls and just healthy all natural pet food. So there’s the full spectrum of pet parents that go really really overboard, and then you have your pet parents who just want their pets to be happy and healthy.”
Candace Rose: What can we do to ensure our pets are happy and healthy?
Jenn Fadal: “Well, I think if you follow the four pillars of healthcare like I like to call them and that would be: feeding your pet a really healthy diet, giving lots of exercise, being proactive in their healthcare and of course giving lots of love.
When we talk about pet food, nutrition is truly the cornerstone of pet health. You really want to understand what your pets nutritional needs are and then buy whatever you can afford- the best food you can afford to purchase. Hills Ideal Balance Natural Pet Food was formulated by a team of pet nutritionists actually and they guarantee their meals to be 100% balanced or your money back, which is a great way to try a new all natural pet food.
And to be proactive in your pet healthcare means yearly visits to your vet and establishing a good open line of communication with your veterinarian, but it also means finding those cost effective and easy measures to take at home. So maybe you need to find a cheaper way to purchase your pets medications. VetIQ has a full line of pet prescription medications, over the counter flea and tick control, as well as pet wellness supplements. You can find these at Walmart and Kroger at a huge cost savings.
Add exercise daily to your pets routine and lots of love, and you’re on your way to a healthy, happy pet.”
Candace Rose: What are some of the biggest trends you’re seeing for pets this year?
Jenn Fadal: “Tons of trends in the health and wellness department. One thing that pet parents always need help with is cleaning those stains and odors. Stains and odors are a part of pet parenting. I found with my two guys, Abe and Chico, the product that really works for us is the 2-in-1 power of proven Oxy Stain and Odor remover. It has Scotchgard protector from 3M. The Oxy power really cleans the stain out of the carpet, and the Scotchgard by 3M really eliminates future soiling of that same area. That makes pet parents lives a lot easier, but other trends are pets are traveling more than ever. 80% of pets are traveling with their pet parents, so lots of pet travel products on the market, and even car companies are jumping on board and making cars that have larger cargo space, have great fabric that’s easy to clean and more room for your pet to relax on the trip.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Jenn Fadal: “Sure. For any more tips go to MoreTipsForYou.com, as well as my website: ThePackMom.com. But basically lots of love, exercise and good food, and you’re on the right road!”