According to a recent Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study, a majority of U.S. pet parents don’t see the need for regular veterinary care for their non-human family members.
A few takeaways from the study:
- Over 60 percent of dog owners and nearly 70 percent of cat owners are skeptical about the need for routine vet visits.
- Owners of older animals and cats are especially reluctant to take their pets for vet checkups.
- Most pet owners are unpleasantly surprised by the cost of veterinary care these days.
According to Veterinary Practice News, the six root causes for declining vet visits are:
- Fallout from the current economic climate.
- The ability of pet owners to get their animals vaccinated outside the vet’s office at mobile clinics, shelters and pet stores.
- Growing use of the Internet to research and find answers when a pet is sick or hurt.
- The reluctance of cat owners to deal with a situation of ‘feline resistance’ to vet visits.
- A general opinion among pet owners that regular vet checkups are simply unnecessary, especially for older pets and those kept indoors.
- The perceived high cost of veterinary care.