Did you know that June is Social Petworking Month? One of the best things about the rise of the internet is the endless supply of funny animal videos and cute pet pictures we can find online. As it turns out, social media has also had quite an effect on the lives of our furry patients! A local vet offers some insight on this below.
A Good Cause
You definitely don’t need a special occasion to post adorable pet pictures. However, if you want one, Social Petworking Day fits the bill. This unofficial holiday was created to help homeless pets get adopted. Want to help spread the word? Share posts about local pets that need loving homes. You may change a pet’s life with a few keystrokes! Even liking photos or posts made by local shelters will help. Although the actual algorithms are, well, top secret, we do know that liking a post helps it achieve more visibility, so that more people see it. If your furry friend has a social media account, remember to share some social petworking posts this month!
Does your four-legged pal have a habit of looking absolutely adorable, only to move as soon as you get your camera? Try downloading a pet photography app. Many of these have presets that were made specifically for taking animal photos. We also would recommend choosing a background that contrasts with your furry friend’s coat … unless, of course, you have a black cat and you’re going for that ‘kitty void’ look that only shows Fluffy’s eyes.
Many of our furry friends have their own social media pages. There are even some famous pets that qualify as bona-fido social media celebrities, such as Azuki, the impossibly cute hedgehog. Many celebrities also make social media accounts for their own pets. Some of those furry ‘influencers’ include the cherished (and very pampered) pets of Amanda Seyfried, Paris Hilton, and Matthew Perry.
Networking is often done online these days. However, there are some rules of thumbs to follow about interacting with pets in real life. If you come across somebody with a cute dog that seems friendly, ask if you can pet Fido. Just don’t do this with working dogs or pups that seem uneasy.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your animal clinic!