|Dogs love peanut butter and they never seem to tire of it. But dog owners are not entirely sure of the reason why. Pet product manufacturer Petmate explains that dogs are drawn to foods that are filled with fat and sodium because these are less encountered in their diet / Photo by: Mike McCune via Flickr|
Dogs love peanut butter and they never seem to tire of it. But dog owners are not entirely sure of the reason why. Pet product manufacturer Petmate explains that dogs are drawn to foods that are filled with fat and sodium because these are less encountered in their diet. They also have an extra sweet tooth that makes peanut butter not their typical dog food. One lick of peanut butter alone is enough to get them hooked. The canine is likewise attracted to the smell of peanut butter as the fats and proteins in it change the moment it undergoes roasting. This makes the food more like a caramelized meat to the dog’s nose.
Using Peanut Butter in Doggie Bath Time
A new trick that appeared on American social news site Reddit has been upvoted by thousands of pet parents who find dog bath time difficult and it involves the use of peanut butter. The trick is simple: simply smear peanut butter on the shower or bath wall and allow your pet to face that wall, the Reddit post reads. This will encourage the dog to stay still and remain distracted while the owner is washing them. The trick is so easy that one can simply spray peanut butter off the wall at the end of the bath. The peanut butter hack is also helpful for combing, brushing, and trimming fur.
Dog Bath Frequency
But how often should you bathe your dog? Pennsylvania-based Rhawnhurst Animal Hospital’s Dr. Adam Denish answered via pet health and wellness platform PetMD that it depends. Most dogs naturally groom themselves to help grow hair follicles and it also supports skin health. Bathing supplements that process, but it can be detrimental to the dog as well. It may damage their hair follicles, irritate their skin, and increase the risk of fungal and bacterial infection if they bathe more than necessary.
The factors that should be considered in determining how often to bathe the dog include the animal’s activity level, coat, breed, and health. It is also important to know where they usually stay: outdoors or indoors. Dogs who spend time outdoors and roll around in dirty areas need more bath time than dogs that spend most of their time indoors. “Just use your nose” is another piece of advice published by PetMD.
This means that if the dog comes into the room and you can smell him, that signals the need for a bath. Washing them is also a good option if the dog is already covered in dried mud or dirt but brushing outside would be possible too. The strategy is to bathe their body first and then their head as the last part because they tend to shake their head once it is wet. Even if the shampoo indicates that it is tear-free or tearless, that does not mean that it should be used around or on the eyes. Quickly rinse the shampoo off of their head at the end of the bath.
Pet Shampoo Market: Statistics
The pet shampoo market was worth approximately US$ 186.8 million in the United States alone in 2015, which continued to increase based on German database company Statista. The figure also increased to $198.5 in 2016, $208.5 million in 2017, $223.5 million in 2018, $234.7 in 2019, and is expected to reach nearly $245.9 in 2020. It is also forecasted to reach $257.2 million in 2021, $272.2 million in 2022, $285.9 million in 2023, $300.9 million in 2024, and $314.6 million in 2025.
Furthermore, dog products held the biggest (more than 50%) market share globally in terms of revenue. Countries with the largest dog ownerships in the world, according to market research company Grand View Research, include India, UK, Philippines, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil, the US, Mexico, and Argentina. Also, the majority of pet parents in the world consider their dogs as their family member and they are willing to spend money on their hygiene and health. This is the reason why the market continues to grow in the forecast period.
The most popular dog breeds that need pet shampoo for grooming and personal hygiene are the Golden Retriever, Yorkshire Terrier, Poodle, Shih Tzu, Bernese Mountain Dog, and Chow Chow.
The American Pet Products Association also shared its 2019 to 2020 National Pet Owners Survey. It shows that about 63.4 million households in the US own dogs, 42.7 million own cats, 11.5 million own freshwater fish, 5.7 million own birds, 5.4 million own small animals, 4.5 million own reptiles, and 1.6 million own saltwater fish.
Pet Grooming Market and Treats
In the UK, the pet industry has also become a multi-billion pound business as more and more UK pet owners are willing to spend money to pamper their animals. There is also a range of luxury services and products available for animals. Yet, the pet grooming market in the UK may not be as resilient in the next 10 years as more families may have fewer kids and many people will live in rented places.
Another interesting trend on the internet today relating to pets is the humanization of pets by giving them treats and pampering them. Regular peanut butter is safe to give as a treat to dogs regularly as long as it does not contain Xylitol, a sugar substitute. Some dog treats in local stores are also made of peanut butter. The National Peanut Board, a program sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture to support the existing markets and facilitate the economical production of peanuts, published that “regular peanut butter is not toxic to dogs.” Pet owners simply have to read the ingredient label beforehand. It should only contain salt, peanuts, and sugar, if possible. As to the serving sizes of peanut butter, the program advised consulting a veterinary nutritionist or a veterinarian as they are more familiar with the breed. This is because peanut butter is filled with protein and natural foods. Too much of it could lead to health complications and obesity. The advice is to always give it in moderation.
If dog owners can make dog bath time also treat time, it would indeed be less difficult to clean their pups. Professional groomers are also there for dogs that deeply hate baths.