3 In 10 Pet Parents Will Ditch Friends For This

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If you love your pet, you’re not alone. And, if you’ve ever made up an excuse to skip work to take care of them, you’re still in a well-represented segment of the population.

According to a poll of 2,000 pet parents, sponsored by skipped out on social appointments to stay home with their animals, Fox 8 reports.

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About a quarter of pet parents lie to get out of work when their pets are involved, a study found.


“Time constraints are among one of the biggest hurdles for pet parents. But they don’t want to cut corners when it comes to their pets’ wellness. As a society, we’ve outsourced so much of the services important to making our life tick, it’s time for vet care delivered for the modern world,” said Dr. Jess Trimble, Chief Veterinary Officer for Fuzzy Pet Health.

The report detailed a number of other statistics related to pet owners and the health and behavior of their animals.

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On average, a pet parent sees their animal eat something it shouldn’t five times.


Of those polled, most have seen their animal swallow something that could pose a health risk, on average, five times. More than three quarters of pet parents are likely to panic when that happens. About half of them will call a veterinarian, while a slightly smaller amount will take their pet to the vet immediately.

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Nearly a third of pet parents will cancel social plans for their pet.


With all those vet bills adding up, only 28 percent of those polled had health insurance that covered their pets. And, nearly half of the participants indicated that vet visits are too costly or too far away to consider.

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No matter what you do for your pet, always consult a veterinarian if you believe they are suffering from health issues.


If you suspect your pet has an urgent medical need, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian. It could mean the difference between your pet living in comfort, living with pain, or living at all.

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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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