May 1st to May 7th is National Pet Week 2016. The animal companions we share our lives with bring us endless joy and love, so we have herded up some of the top LovePets content here to ensure that we keep our furry friends safe and healthy.
Did you know that there are more than 312 billion pets living in the US? Last year, Americans spent over $60 billion on their pets. Learn more fascinating facts in our Pet Industry by Numbers infographic.
Homeless animals outnumber homeless people by 5 to 1 in the US, while 7.6 million cats and dogs enter shelters every year. This is just one of the many reasons to spay or neuter your pet. Check out this infographic for more about US pet shelters and the problem of pet overpopulation.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reported 181,818 cases of accidental pet poisoning caused by everyday household items in 2015. What are the most common pet toxins in your home? What should you do if you think your pet has ingested something harmful? How can you prepare for such an emergency? Our Pet Poison infographic answers these questions and provides you with useful tips to maintain a safe environment at home.
In 2014, 10% of all fatalities on US roads were caused by distracted drivers. Furthermore, 83% of pup parents agree that an unrestrained dog in a car is dangerously distracting. Why, then, do only 16% of us restrain our dog in the car? Find the answer in our Canine Road Safety infographic and paw through the travel section here on LovePets.com for more tips on the most popular pet carriers for your pup.
Taking care of your pets' health is crucial to ensuring they enjoy many happy years with you. Three of the most common health concerns in cats and dogs are obesity, periodontal disease and cancer:
- Our infographic on the Pet Obesity Epidemic explains how to recognize pet obesity, what the ideal weight ranges are for various canine and feline breeds, and what you can do to prevent obesity in your pets.
- Check out our Pet Dental Health infographic for professional tips on detecting and preventing dental disease.
- The main types of cancer affecting cats and dogs are explained in our Pet Cancer Awareness infographic, as well as common symptoms of cancer to look out for.
Finally, learn more about the most common canine and feline breeds in our infographics on America's Most Popular Dogs and America's Most Popular Cats. Are you involved in any special activities for National Pet Week? Let us know in the comments below.