When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? If turkey and family gatherings come first, you are not alone. But what about when you have a dog? What does being a pet parent and the holidays mean to you?
As a pet parent, what do you think of at Thanksgiving? Are you think about making your pup a meal of their own? What about the things they can and cannot eat?
According to Veterinarians.org, it seems as if a new study has made it clear that this Thanksgiving, a lot more pet parents are making sure that their dogs are included in the feasting! And we happen to love that news.
So what exactly were the findings of this study and how does it relate to feeding our dogs this Thanksgiving?
Survey reveals that Gen Z pet parents are planning to make a special Thanksgiving meal for their dogs
In the press email that we received about this survey, there were some very interesting findings. In particular, we learned:
"68% of U.S. dog owners plan on making a special dinner for their dog this Thanksgiving.Single dog owners are more likely than married dog owners (75% vs. 67%) to put together a dish for their canine companion.The same goes for male dog owners in comparison to female dog owners (77% vs. 62%).When it comes to age, dog owners aged 18-24 are the most likely to whip up a culinary treat for their dog this Thanksgiving, with 80% planning on doing so this year.Those aged 25-34 come in second at 78%."
For people over the age of 54, it seems as if they are the least likely to make a special Thanksgiving meal for their dog. And yet, I can guarantee that my mother will absolutely be making something special for her pup.
All things considered, all of these findings make perfect sense. But we have to point out that in recent years, more and more people are realizing that our dogs are as much a part of the family as the humans. And so it just makes sense that we would treat our dogs accordingly, especially during a holiday.
If we are already making a special meal for our human family members, why wouldn’t we do the same for our dog? While they may not be able to eat all the things that humans can, that doesn’t mean that we can’t add an extra step or two to the meal planning to make sure that our dogs can enjoy a special holiday treat as well.
We love the fact that more people are going out of their way to spoil their pets. And this survey definitely proves that this is happening, especially on a holiday like Thanksgiving where it is all about the family gatherings and food.
Are you at all surprised by the key findings of this survey? Do you make a special meal for your dog during a holiday?