I just read an interesting article in DVM magazine that started off with this line : "The majority of pet owners question the need for regular veterinary care."
This interesting piece of information is from a study "Bayer Veterianary Care Usage Study" and came from the 2,000 dog and cat owners that participated in the study.
Here are a few of the numbers from the study:
* 63 percent of dog owners and 68 percent of cat owners question the need for regular veterinary care.
* Older pets see the veterinarian far less frequently than younger pets.
* One-third of cats have not been to the veterinarian in the past year.
* Many pet owners find the costs of care higher than they expected.
The article covers why the decline - the recession being just one in a list of 6, and suggestions to reverse the decline. You can read the article here: http://goo.gl/wTrJi