The Wet Nose Press Pet Blog

November 6, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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4 Ways Gen Z and Millennial Pet Owners Differ From Older Generations

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The average age of pet owners gets younger every year. A substantial half of all pet owners are now aged under 40. When it comes to increasing pet ownership, Millenials between 25 to 39 years of age comprise the fastest growing segment. These young pet owners makeup both the present and the future of the pet industry. These younger people are vital to pet product marketing companies and service marketers. No wonder the same demographic spends a large chunk of their money on expensive pet care services and pet products. Such owners influence the pet industry in myriad ways. These are quite different when compared to the preferences and practices of their parents.

The younger generation trust smaller companies and prefers brand integrity’

When compared to boomer and Gen X pet owners, the Millenial and Gen Z owners are more probable to trust products sold by smaller companies like an organic product one or a family owned business. It is to be kept in mind that smaller marketers must be prepared with a smartly packaged message if they want to sell to these upwardly mobile young pet owners.

Vet guides them on pet product purchase

Veterinarians play a vital role in the 18 to 39 years age group compared to older pet owners in the 55 to 74 years age group. It is observed that younger owners are more probable to listen to the opinion dished out by veterinarians when it comes to dog treats and dog foods. This demographic is more prone to purchasing dog treats and dog foods from a veterinarian.

Non-traditional venues and veterinary services

Service providers catering to veterinary needs will discover excellent growth opportunities among the Millenial and Gen Z dog owners by expanding their veterinary services in a number of non-traditional settings. Owners of dogs who fall anywhere between 18 years to 39 years age bracket are found to express much greater interest compared to their older counterparts when it came to requesting a veterinarian to visit their homes for the purpose of offering standard dog health services. Many Gen Z people call the veterinarian to their workplace so that the latter could provide standard dog health services. Similar patterns are held for Millenial and Gen z owners.

Excellent varieties of pets

Millennial or Gen Z pet owners make up a large chunk of owners for hamsters, birds, fish, and reptiles to name a few. This is the reason marketers target them for selling aquariums, bird cages, and reptile habitats. When it comes to the difference between Millenial and Generation Z owners, it is to remember that the Gen Z people are barely out of their teens. The Gen Z buys their pets special pet foods or birthday treats.

November 4, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How Pet Toys Have Evolved Over The Years

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Toys, both for humans and pets, were relatively rare until the latter part of the 19th century. The 1920s saw departmental stores opening exclusive pet sections. The market for pet toys began. The industry boomed in the 1950s when a few entrepreneurs stitched leather balls and marketed them as dog toys. In time, the quality of the products improved, accompanying the significant societal and technological developments which happened after the two great World Wars. Higher incomes made matters easier.

Classics

Pet toys made in the 1950s are now labeled as classics. Artificial bones and chews made from rawhides first came into the market during that decade. Non-edible chew toys and edible chew treats followed. The well-off pet owner spent money on dental solutions and interactive toys. The most popular item was the rope. The classic rope is an evergreen product, selling well even today. All products designed during the classic era was designed and manufactured for durability, safety, fun and of course value.

A number of pet toy manufacturers invested in R&D and the result was complicated designs made from new materials. Ropes made with advanced technology products utilize real floss material and beeswax to floss the teeth of dogs while they chew. Some companies make chewables in the form of other animals like iguana and snake. The Kong company made its debut in the 1980s with its blockbuster stuffable and super durable toy which was easier on dog’s teeth than the previous sticks and rocks which canines got their paws upon.

1990s products

The 1990s witnessed technological breakthroughs in the pet toy industry. The concept of pets being present only to serve humans underwent a change, with many pet owners considering their animals to be a part of the household. Pet toys suddenly became interactive. The turn of the Millenium made interactive pet toys the latest in toy design. A few companies patented materials from which toys were made. The dog throwing stick was made with a new revolutionary technology which increased the pleasure of not only the dog but of its owner as well.

After the Millenium

Toys manufactured around the Millenium encouraged and made it possible for the owner to bond with the pet. Before this era, it was not pleasant for the owner to pick a ball made slobbery by pet saliva. Since toys were sold with launchers, the ball could be thrown further away and with minimal participation of the owner. Chew toys remain popular for indoor pets. A pet toy manufacturing company seized upon the problem of pets chewing away the insides of a stuffed toy and eliminated the stuffing altogether. The latest toys keep not only the body of the pet active but its mind as well. Electronic toys are particularly popular with felines.

November 2, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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How to Choose the Best Pet For Your Child

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Chances are your child is imploring for a pet and you have no clue what to buy. It is important that you select the best pet for your child. Before buying or adopting any pet, it is important to consider the age of your child. Remember, children are adept in convincing their parents that they will take care of the pet and will continue to do so for the first few months. Then the responsibility of the animal’s upkeep falls on their parents.

Knowing pets and caring for them

The correct age for getting a pet of one’s own depends on multiple factors. A few children are lucky to be born into households where a pet is already part of the family. This makes it easier to introduce another pet to the child. If your family does not own a pet, you should adopt or buy a dog or a cat only if your child is minimum five years old. The reason is at this age, your child could walk and feed the pet. Children at this age can comprehend the difference between playing with an animal and mistreating it. Kids this age understands why dangerous objects should be kept out of reach and it is not a good idea to invade any animal’s personal space when it eats.

As a parent and a pet owner, it is important you teach your child how to care for pets. You have to closely supervise them. The young age makes an excellent age to teach your children responsibility. You should ask yourself a few questions before you choose the animal to adopt or buy. If you live in a flat, then adopting a puppy may not be the best choice as they are energetic. Consider also the time the pets would be alone inside the house while you and your spouse will be at work and your child at school. Some pets like to be alone and a few prefer company.

Pet selection

Be careful choosing a pet in-case your child suffers from allergies. Make sure that the animal is indirectly not increasing the allergic reaction. If you like to travel, then there is the consideration of keeping your pet in the care of others. Do remember that pet food is pricey. A good pack costs a lot of dollars.

Choose fish if you think your child can clean the aquarium and understand the benefits of fresh water. Guinea pigs are friendly and perfect for children aged 10 years and up. Rabbits could appear cute but they are mean beasts. They bite and they should be handled carefully. Kittens are extremely adorable and make superb entertainment sources. They also spike allergy levels. Puppies are fun but they must be toilet trained.

November 1, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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The Hardest Thing About Dog Ownership You Should Know

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Everyone speaks about the benefits of owning a dog but few talks about the drawbacks about owning a canine. Yes, there will be snuggles on the bed, but also be prepared for missing socks and chewed footwear. Your heart will skip a beat when you see your best friend in the hospital. If you are not financially well-off, then treating your dog when it is ill may financially set you back.

Training your dog is hard

Forget what the movies tell you. Most dogs do not sit and run on command. In all probability, you will end up with a puppy who barks and runs here and there. It will also chew anything and everything. Be prepared to show the puppy how to do things many times more than you like. It is hard to teach dogs the rules of human society. Your dog does not speak English or any other human language. It will take a lot of effort to teach dogs on how they should behave inside a human home.

Dogs are similar to children

Your pain will not cease after you train your dog. The animal will continue to surprise you as they frequently make mistakes. It will not be uncommon for you to come home and see an upturned container or a smashed porcelain cup. Dogs have the mentality of a three-year-old child all their lives and they will find something to destroy. It will be impossible for you to do something about it.

Be prepared for being tired all the time

If you love to sleep, prepare to be awake as much as possible. Your dog will be your alarm. It will wake you up in the most unearthly hours so that it can walk or pee or eat. Dogs do not care about the time. They will wake you up when they want to. In short, dog ownership can be extremely tiring. Be prepared for multiple feedings and multiple walks every day. The animal will need frequent bathing, proper grooming and also nail trims. You will need to train your dog and brush its teeth. You will have to run umpteen times to the pet store. All these aspects are of course super fun, and that makes owning a dog an extremely wonderful experience. However, these are all time consuming and tiring as well.

Owning a dog is something which one must spend a little time to get used to the accompanying new routine. You will have to wake up a little earlier for work. Expect a minimum of 20 minutes’ extra time to get prepared for work in the morning. You cannot escape your dog as it will continuously pester you until you bends down to fulfil its wishes.

October 31, 2018
by Lynn Merton
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When Should You Consider Euthanasia For Your Pet?

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You can never be sure of the time to euthanize your pet. If you are in no position to make any decision, consider asking the opinion of a veterinarian. Sometimes a dispassionate view of the circumstance makes for a better decision. Do keep in mind that it is your choice and your decision. As a pet owner, your feelings are important too. You should suffer less too.

Hard choice

Many pet owners wait for a particular sign of coming death and subsequently make their decision dependent on it. They feel their pet is almost ready with “almost” being the keyword. Owners wait for their pets to stop eating and cease drinking. These are the signs most owners wait for. Some wait for second opinions. These could be made by specialists. Mind you, such professionals may have a brusque behavior and may actually save your dog for the time being.

Most euthanasia decisions are made any random morning when the owner wakes up and takes the decision to do the needful. They arrive at a moral certainty which is sufficient to help them achieve mental peace. If you are too tearful about the event, it is perfectly okay to include family and friends in the decision. If you take this path, to include people who love pets. Many people do not understand the love of a human being towards an animal. Include only people who love pets as you do.

Forced to end

There are times when it is intolerable for you to wait and watch your best friend dying slowly. This happens to post a chronic illness. You have tried every medicine and every painkiller to no effect. You are mentally exhausted and continue to see your pet suffer. Do euthanasia if you have exhausted all the options and you cannot bear its suffering anymore.

There can be times when you will be forced to euthanize your pet. This happens after a botched surgery. Although it appears like a curse, it is actually a blessing. In such cases the decision will be taken out of your control, The veterinarian will take the decision for you. You can also be forced to put down your pet if you have exhausted all finances.

Many owners euthanize their pets to prevent prolonged suffering. It is sometimes better to be early than to be late. Sometimes your dog will live longer but at great suffering. You can take the decision to give it much needed peace. Every pet and their situation is different. No single rule is applicable to all dogs when the time comes for the final adieu. Get help from a veterinarian or a close friend who is not emotionally invested in the situation.