Poll: 8 in 10 pet owners visited vet in last year

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A new poll shows that eight in 10 pet owners across the country took their animals to a vet in the past year, spending over $500 on average.

The AP-Petside.com poll shows dogs made more trips -- 85 percent of dog owners took their pets to the vet, while 79 percent of cat owners took them in.

According to the poll, dog owners spent an average of $537. For cat owners, it was $558.

The poll also shows that 16 percent -- that's one in six owners -- had to deal with a serious pet illness during the year and they spent an average of $1,092 on vet care.

For those whose pets did not face a serious illness, the average bill was $358.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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