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Association between Dog Owner Demographics and Decision to Seek Veterinary Care

Department of Clinical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
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Vet. Sci. 2021, 8(1), 7; https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8010007
Received: 10 December 2020 / Revised: 2 January 2021 / Accepted: 3 January 2021 / Published: 5 January 2021
(1) Background: An important aspect of dog ownership is providing veterinary care. However, features of dog ownership differ across demographic groups and these may influence veterinary client decision making and behavior. The purpose of the present study was to elucidate relationships between American dog owner characteristics and willingness to seek veterinary care. (2) Methods: A total of 858 dog owners completed an online questionnaire asking participants to rate their level of likelihood to seek veterinary care for different medical conditions, answer supplemental questions about their previous veterinary barriers, and indicate barriers that prevent them from seeking veterinary care. (3) Results: Dog owners did not differ by demographics in their willingness to seek veterinary care. However, dog owner demographic groups varied in their relationship with their dog(s), previous behaviors accessing veterinary care, and barriers that make seeking veterinary care challenging. (4) Conclusions: Education, outreach and community-based veterinary medicine efforts should allocate resources to underserved communities identified within the context that they are affected by barriers to obtaining veterinary care for their dog(s). View Full-Text
Keywords: canine; veterinary care; veterinarian; demographics; client; human animal interactions canine; veterinary care; veterinarian; demographics; client; human animal interactions
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Park, R.M.; Gruen, M.E.; Royal, K. Association between Dog Owner Demographics and Decision to Seek Veterinary Care. Vet. Sci. 2021, 8, 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8010007

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Park RM, Gruen ME, Royal K. Association between Dog Owner Demographics and Decision to Seek Veterinary Care. Veterinary Sciences. 2021; 8(1):7. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8010007

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Park, Rachel M.; Gruen, Margaret E.; Royal, Kenneth. 2021. "Association between Dog Owner Demographics and Decision to Seek Veterinary Care" Vet. Sci. 8, no. 1: 7. https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci8010007

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