Every 5 years the American Veterinary Medical Association conducts a survey regarding pet ownership and related topics. Their findings are published in their U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook.
Some interesting statistics were released in the latest study:
- In 2011, six-out-of-ten pet owners, or 63.2%, considered their pets to be family members.
- There are approximately 70 million pet dogs in the U.S. and 74.1 million pet cats.
- The average veterinary expenditure per household for all pets was $375 in 2011.
I wish that the percentage of pet owners who consider their pets part of their family were higher, but I guess it's a starting point. Hopefully efforts such as the Daily Dog Blog can help make a difference in that statistic 5-years from now!
I was also surprised to learn that the average veterinary expenditure per household was only $375. I suppose this could be because I know I personally spend a lot more than that per year, but then again, my dog is a diabetic and has special health needs. So I suppose the low amount could be a good indication that fortunately most pets are well-cared for and live health lives. At least I hope that's the case!
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