Since I was a kid, my best buddy has always been the family dog and I have always treated them as such. At the time, I felt different from everyone else since I was always with my dog but now I see it as the normal. Pets are becoming more and more part of the family, and the products and services for pets has evolved with it, and so has our community.
The pet industry is very different since I was young, now there are doggy day cares, pet cafes, pet bakeries, dog parks, mobile dog grooming, etc. As their role in families has changed, we now are encompassing their lives with ours and our current lifestyle choices.
Years ago, you would walk down the grocery aisle for pet foods and it would only consist of a small selection of available pet products. Now it can be both sides of a full aisle that may also include a fridge filled with fresh pet food options. There are multiple pet supply stores for consumers to shop from with their best friend and many other retail stores that pets are now welcomed in.
Current trends show larger groups of consumers are selecting sustainable all natural foods and products, they are also wanting it for their pets also.
Other trends for 2017 is cannabis-infused treats, coconut oil, probiotics and whole grains according to The Consumer Affairs website
People's penchant for techie products is also extended to pets with smart crates, GPS activity trackers and social media apps like BarkHappy.
Continuing lifestyle trends for pets involve taking your dog to work, organized dog sports, co-parenting, DNA testing, and Fido comforts are included in home renovations with their own bathing and bed areas.
They are becoming more a part of the family and as such are creating changes in how we live with them.
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