National Pet Day, on Sunday 11th April, is a chance for animal lovers to celebrate their pets, as part of National Pet Month. As the world continues to cautiously navigate through the COVID pandemic, we have even more reason to pause and contemplate the value our pets bring to our lives.
Pets have been lifesavers in the last year, helping countless people deal with feelings of isolation, loneliness and stress, with retailers like Pets at Home reporting thriving business for pet necessities and luxuries during 2020, many hotels extending a warm welcome to four legged friends and supermarkets extending their pet product ranges. It seems that even workplaces are embracing the positivity of pets; initiatives such as Puppy Calls from videoconference provider PowWowNow are boosting morale in virtual business meetings.
A recent survey by DogsPlanet.com highlights how important dogs have been in maintaining a positive outlook in the last year, with 95 percent of saying their pet has been essential in helping with mental health during the lockdowns.
Another survey released by the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) shows a total of 3.2 million households (11 percent of all households in the UK) have taken on a pet since the start of the pandemic a year ago, bringing the total number of pets to a staggering 34 million.
Plan for your pet post lockdown
The PFMA found that Generation Z and Millennials are the key drivers behind the recent pet buying boom, with the under 35s responsible for 59 percent of new pet purchases. Animal welfare organisations have drawn attention to the fact that pets have become accustomed to their owners being at home and may find it difficult to adjust when their owners return to the office. The RSPCA is urging people to reduce potential stress for their pet, by gradually getting them used to spending time alone and a new routine ahead of time.
Consider insurance for creatures great and small
While many people at least consider insurance for their dogs or cats, many people still do not plan adequately for vet bills and smaller animals are rarely insured. The RSPCA recently urged owners of guinea pigs, rabbits and hamsters to ensure they have budgeted for their wellbeing. The RSPCA highlighted that, although 78 percent of guinea pigs were registered with a vet, 96 percent of these inquisitive furballs were not covered by any insurance.
Whatever the type of animal, making financial provision for its lifetime health is one of the most important responsibilities we have to our pets, along with being in tune with their overall wellbeing. At Aquarium, we are thankful for our pets and will all take a moment in National Pet Month to ensure we have the security and happiness in place that we owe them.