Pet ownership up among singles
More single Americans than ever are getting a furry friend, but vet visits are down, study finds.
While it’s still more common for a pet to be owned by a family, a survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) finds that pet ownership among people who’ve never married, or are separated or divorced, has jumped more than 16 percent to nearly 55 percent.
The increase was particularly strong among those who’d been divorced, separated or widowed, and ownership by single men is up nearly 28 percent from 2006 to 2011. Despite those positive trends, the AVMA’s survey also found that one in four pet owners didn’t visit their veterinarian in 2011, which pet professionals consider cause for concern.
— Read it at Supermarket News
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