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Familiarity and Use of Veterinary Services by US Resident Dog and Cat Owners

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Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
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Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Economics Division, Schaumburg, IL 60173, USA
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Animals 2020, 10(3), 483; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10030483
Received: 4 February 2020 / Revised: 9 March 2020 / Accepted: 10 March 2020 / Published: 13 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Companion Animals)
Demographic information including pet ownership, veterinary use, and beliefs regarding veterinary care were collected from 997 U.S. residents. Approximately half of respondents had a dog, or had a dog in the past five years, while 37% of respondents had a cat. Veterinary visits differed between cat and dog owners, with over 90% of dog owners visiting a veterinarian at any time and 40% of cat owners visiting a veterinarian at any time. Using logit models, the likelihood of visiting a veterinarian increased with the age and income of the pet owner. Being a cat owner decreased the likelihood of visiting the veterinarian.
Pet ownership, veterinary use, and beliefs regarding veterinary care were elicited through the use of a nationally representative survey of 997 U.S. residents. Fifty-one percent of respondents have or had a dog in the past five years and 37% have or had a cat in the past five years. Over ninety percent of cat and dog owners had visited a veterinarian at any time, but only about 40% visited a veterinarian annually. With the rise of options in veterinary medicine, including low-cost options for vaccines and spay/neuter, further study and analysis of pet-owners use of veterinary care is warranted. Fifty-four percent of dog owners and 40% of cat owners who went to a low-cost spay/neuter clinic also went to a veterinarian/clinic/practice. This finding suggests that pet-owners who use low-cost options do so in a manner that supplements rather than replaces traditional veterinary care. Logit models were employed to evaluate the relationship between dog and cat owner demographics and visiting a veterinarian. The probability of visiting a veterinarian increased with age and income for dog owners. View Full-Text
Keywords: consumer behavior; pet care; procurement of veterinary services; veterinary medicine; veterinary services consumer behavior; pet care; procurement of veterinary services; veterinary medicine; veterinary services
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Bir, C.; Ortez, M.; Olynk Widmar, N.J.; Wolf, C.A.; Hansen, C.; Ouedraogo, F.B. Familiarity and Use of Veterinary Services by US Resident Dog and Cat Owners. Animals 2020, 10, 483.

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