Many companion animals are not getting proper care because about 24% of pet parents believe regular medical check-ups aren’t necessary, according to a new veterinary industry study.
The Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study sought to explain the decline in veterinary visits over the past several years. Other factors contributing to this decline that the study identified include the economic impact of the recession, the fragmentation of veterinary services and the cost of care. Additionally, many consumers substitute online research for clinic visits and have difficulty getting their felines to the veterinarian.
In fact, the study found a full one-third of pet parents have not taken their cats to the veterinarian within the last year due to “feline resistance.” The study found pet parents extend the time between visits because it’s difficult to get the kitties to comply. This lack of care is particularly harmful to senior cats, as they’re prone to diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure and cancer.
The study also highlighted the cost of veterinary services as a major reason for pet parents not taking their animals to the veterinarian. As with human health care, veterinary costs have risen significantly over the last 10 years, and 53 percent of pet parents say these expenses are much higher than they expected. We’re here to help on this front with pet insurance that can help pet parents afford quality veterinary care.
The online survey of 2,000 pet parents was conducted by Bayer Animal Health, the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) and Brakke Consulting.
Read more results from the study.