Kevin Charles

Pet Ownership Is Up, But Vet Visits Are Down In the U.S.

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A new study suggests we’re not taking care of our pets the way we should. News 92 FM’s Martha Martinez reports:

The American Veterinary Medical Association recently released its U.S. pet ownership and demographics sourcebook, a survey conducted every five years. As of 2011, the state with the most pets is Vermont, where almost 71 percent of households have a pet. The District of Columbia has the lowest rate of pet ownership, just under 22 percent.

As for Fido versus Felix, the state with the most dog owners is Arkansas, where almost 38 percent of households have dogs. Texas is number nine; 44 percent of us have a canine in our lives. Washington D.C. is the most dog deficient, with just 13 percent of households happily hounded.

Where is kitty king? Vermont, where almost 50 percent of homes are inhabited by purrballs. Texas isn’t in the top or bottom ten for feline ownership. What area has the fewest furballs being coughed up? The District of Columbia, with less than 12 percent feline ownership. Now, there’s obviously a pattern here, and maybe it’s just due to the fact that so many residents are part-timers, with their real domiciles back in their home states, or… Well, we’ll just leave it at that.

The troubling fact in this year’s study is that we’re not taking as good care of our little pals as we should. between 2006 and 2011, the percentage of households that made no trips at all to the veterinarian went up by eight percent for dog owners, and a staggering 24 percent for cat owners.

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