Did you know that June is Social Petworking Month? One of the best things about the rise of the internet, at least in our opinion, 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 Fido and Fluffy. A local vet offers some insight on this below.
A Good Cause
You don’t need a special occasion to post adorable pet pictures. However, if you wanted one, Social Petworking Day definitely fits the bill. The unofficial holiday was created to help homeless pets get adopted. Want to help? Share posts about local pets that are looking for 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 still quite mysterious, liking a post usually helps it achieve more visibility, so that more people see it.
Does your dog or cat have a habit of looking absolutely adorable, only to move as soon as you get your camera? Try downloading a pet photo app. Many of these have presets that work very well at taking animal photos. We also would recommend choosing a background that contrasts with your pet’s fur … unless, of course, you have a black cat and you are going for that ‘kitty void’ look that only shows Fluffy’s eyes.
Much networking is done online these days. However, this is a good time to offer some information about interacting with pets in real life. If you come across someone with a cute dog that seems friendly, it’s okay to ask if you can pet it. You should never do this with working dogs or pups that seem uneasy, though.
Quite a few of our furry friends have their own social media pages. There are even some pets that qualify as bona-fido social media celebrities, such as Azuki, the impossibly cute hedgehog. You can also find many social media accounts made by celebrities for their own pets. Some of those ‘influencers’ include the pets of Amanda Seyfried, Paris Hilton, and Matthew Perry. If your furry friend has a social media account, remember to share some social petworking posts this month!
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your animal clinic!