pet trends

six ways to help your pets in 2021

You did it. You made it through 2020. And we’re guessing you and your pet are closer than ever. You should be proud that you prioritized your pet’s wellness in the midst of a chaotic and challenging year. How much changed in 2021? Our latest pet health trends report shows that:

Pet visits to Banfield increased 20.4% for kittens and 14.3% for puppies, suggesting preventive care was top of mind for all you pet owners during quarantine.

Overall, Banfield had approximately half a million more pet visits in 2020 than the year prior.

Unfortunately, as pets adopted in 2020 get older and people start to spend more time away from home, we may see a spike in pet surrenders. To help reduce that risk, we’ve collected some keys to making petcare successful as we head into the “next normal.”

Keep prioritizing preventive care

Regular veterinary exams are important, including a physical exam, routine bloodwork, parasite checks, and discussions about the pet’s wellbeing. These examinations help veterinarians screen for diseases early – before issues may lead to more significant problems.

Find the right veterinarian

Trust, collaboration, and responsiveness – that’s what you’re looking for, right? In addition to taking care of your pet’s health, your veterinarian can help you work through behavioral issues or refer you to a pet behaviorist. According to the ASPCA, behavior problems are the most common reason people give when asked why they surrendered a pet.  

Don’t be afraid to ask about payment options

Almost everybody has a limited budget, but your veterinary team can help you understand and plan for the financial commitments that typically come with pet ownership – and provide some tips and/or payment options to consider.

For example, Banfield Optimum Wellness Plans® are smart and affordable year-long packages of high-quality preventive petcare services with a predictable monthly payment.

Keep moving

Maintaining a healthy weight is key for pets to be able to move freely. Unfortunately, pet obesity is on the rise and more pets are facing mobility challenges than ever before. Veterinarians can advise on the right type and amount of exercise for your pet.

Don’t ignore behavioral changes

New or undesirable behaviors in your pet could be a sign of an underlying medical issue. Ask your vet team for help, and keep an eye out for signs of separation anxiety, especially as more of us go back to work this year.

Set your multi-pet household up for success

If you introduced a new pet into your home that already had at least one pet… well, let’s just say relationships are hard. We’ve got tips and tricks on how to make it work.
 
No matter what lies ahead, just remember that Banfield has your back.