Do you treat your pets like members of the family all year round? You are not alone if you answered yes. We enjoy their company and we do everything for them just like we would our child. February 20th is “Love Your Pet Day,” so you have another special reason to love your furry loved one.

Love Your Pet Day

This Thursday, February 20th, we celebrate National Love Your Pet Day, which is a day to embrace one distinctive trait that makes us human: our love of our pets!

Pet Owners

Did you know that 60% of Americans own pets according to a report by Gallup? Enjoy celebrating your pet this week on Love Your Pet Day!

A large percentage of humans love their dogs, and the feeling is mutual. The love hormone, Oxytocin, spikes in both human and canine brains when a dog is gazing at its owner. Gaze away…

Most Popular Pets

Based on a survey from 1,000 Americans performed by the National Today data science team, here are the top five most popular pets in America:

  • Dogs (40%)
  • Cats (25%)
  • Fish (8%)
  • Birds (4%)
  • Hamster / Gerbil / Mouse (2%)

Grateful for Pets

The top five reasons Americans are grateful for their pets, according to National Today are:

  1. My pet gives me unconditional love (22%)
  2. My pet helps comfort me when I’m sad (17%)
  3. My pet makes me look forward to going home (13%)
  4. My pet helps me become a more loving person (10%)
  5. My pet teaches me to be more patient (10%)

Which reason rates the highest for why you are grateful for your pet?

Show Affection to Your Pet


Here are the top answers that Americans made regarding “how do you show affection to your pet?” The survey was performed on 1,000 people by National Today.

  • I play with my pet – 15%
  • I give my pet treats and gifts – 13%
  • I cuddle with my pet – 12%
  • I tell my pet “I love you” – 10%
  • I hang out with my pet – 10%

Why Do We Love Our Pets So Much?

There are many reasons why we love our pets so much. A few of the reasons can be:

  • Shared communication with great listeners
  • Receive unconditional love
  • Gives us comfort
  • Look forward to coming home to see our pet
  • Teaches us patience
  • Get more exercise from walking our dog
  • Not as lonely
  • Sleeping partner
  • Gives us affection
  • Helps us to socialize more
  • Makes you feel joy

Cats and Dog Owners

Are cats or dogs more popular? Which sex do you think loves women more? Here are some stats.

Women love cats more based on the 26% of women that have a pet cat, compared to 22% of men in the National Today survey.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) found that 68% of U.S. households owned some pet in 2016 — “equal to the highest level ever reported.” Among those pets were about 90 million dogs and 94 million cats, the group said.

According to the American Veterinarian report, the average age of cat owners is 55 to 64 years, and 58 percent are female. Dog owners are, on average, about a decade younger (age 45 to 54 years), and the majority (53 percent) are female. As a whole, cat owners earn less money per year ($40,000-$49,999) than dog owners ($75,000-$99,999).

At MainStreet Veterinarians, we offer Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (pet chiropractic), nutritional counseling, and NRT (Nutrition Response testing) and a wide array of holistic foods and nutritional supplements.

MainStreet Veterinarians practices both conventional as well as alternative animal healthcare from our friendly office in Stone Mountain, GA. Offering mainly conventional veterinary medicine and surgery to also offering a wide array of alternative and holistic treatments to the veterinary community as well. Call us today to make an appointment with your beloved pet at 770-498-4620 or send us an email.