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 Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Home Safety Information from The leading US-based provider of Pet Safety Products.

Pet Statistics

The following statistics were compiled from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2003-2004 National Pet Owners Survey.
Dogs

  • There are approximately 65 million owned dogs in the United States .
  • Thirty-nine percent of U.S. households (or 40.6 million) own at least one dog.
  • Most owners (65%) own one dog.
  • Twenty-three percent of owners own two dogs.
  • Twelve percent of owners own three or more dogs.
  • On average, owners have almost two dogs (1.6).
  • Slightly more male dogs are owned than female dogs.
  • Eighteen percent of owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter.
  • On average, dog owners spent $263 on veterinary related expenses in the past 12 months.
  • Seventy-two percent of owned dogs are spayed or neutered.
Cats
  • There are approximately 77.6 million owned cats in the United States .
  • Thirty-four percent of U.S. households (or 35.4 million) own at least one cat.
  • One half of cat-owning households (51%) own one cat; the remaining own two or more.
  • On average, owners have two cats (2.2).
  • Slightly more female cats are owned than male cats.
  • Sixteen percent of owned cats were adopted from an animal shelter.
  • Cat owners spent an average of $113 on veterinary related expenses in the past 12 months.
  • Eighty-four percent of owned cats are spayed or neutered.

Injuries

Top 10 Pet Injuries & Average Veterinarian Treatment Cost
  1. Fracture: $1,740.00
    •  Caused by falls or impact from foreign objects (such as cars)
  2. Gastric torsion: $1736.89
    •  Caused by ingesting human food (such as chocolate for dogs) that are not good for animals.
  3. Gastric foreign body: $1,209.74
    •  Ingestion of toys, parts, glass, CDs, videos, etc.
  4. Antifreeze ingestion or poisoning: $578.42
    •  Dogs love antifreeze because it tastes sweet to them, but can be fatal to dogs if large doses are ingested.
  5. Insecticide toxicity: $493.00
    •  Dogs and cats are naturally curious and would lick/taste just about anything.
  6. Multiple lacerations: $441.73
  7. Snail bait ingestion: $423.75
  8. •  Dogs and cats are naturally curious and would lick/taste just about anything.
  9. Ingestion of household chemicals: $270.84
    •  Dogs and cats are naturally curious and would lick/taste just about anything.
  10. Single laceration: $205.32
  11. Soft tissue trauma: $195.52
    •  Pinched tail by a closing door
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