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- 3 out of 10 Americans are willing to commit a crime to afford health care for their pet.
- People under the age of 35 take their pets to the vet more than they go to the doctor.
- Cat owners are willing to spend $228 more than dog owners to save their pet’s life.
Many pet owners are more likely to take care of their pets than themselves.
Some people who own pets tend to take more trips to the veterinarian than they go to the hospital, according to a NutriSense poll, and they will go to greater lengths to maintain their pets’ health.
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People under the age of 35 tend to visit the veterinary office more than their own doctors, the poll found.
The survey also suggests that people think exercise, more than 30 percent, is a bigger priority for themselves than a regular check up at about 6 percent.
Pet owners believe regular check ups are the most important thing to a pet’s health, followed by eating healthy, exercise, taking vitamins and testing blood sugar.
The research shows that cat owners on average will spend a little more than $3,000 on veterinary bills to save their pet’s life, while dog owners will spend about $2,700.
Other pet species’ owners are willing to spend $1,500 on their pets’ bills.
On average, northeastern pet owners spend more annually on vet visits than those in the South or the West. Maine and Vermont pet owners spend $2,000 or more on vet visits per year. Meanwhile, Oregon, Louisiana and Mississippi spend less than $200 per year. Wyoming came in with the lowest average annual cost at just $10.
Thirty percent of respondents said they are willing to commit a crime to pay for lifesaving vet bills.
Men are more likely to make a meal for their pets than women, but women are more likely to cook their own food than men.
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