Special Report

The Most Common Reasons People Take Their Dog to the Vet

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17. Alternative Therapy
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 0.90%

Alternative therapies for pets including massage, acupressure, aromatherapy, and acupuncture. Talk about pampered pooches!

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16. Behavioral Counseling or Training
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 1.50%

Counseling or training may be needed whenever a dog’s behavior threatens the safety or well-being of the dog, its owners, or others.

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15. Euthanasia
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 3.20%

Sadly, euthanasia may be viewed as the best option for a dog with a very serious medical condition or one that is suffering needlessly at the end of its life.

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14. Boarding
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 3.70%

Thankfully boarding is a benign reason for a visit to the vet, and may be chosen for many reasons. Maybe it’s vacation time!

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13. Surgery (Other than Spay/Neuter)
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 5%

Veterinary surgery other than spay/neuter falls into three broad categories: orthopedics (bones, joints, muscles), soft tissue surgery (skin, body cavities, cardiovascular system, GI/urogenital/respiratory tracts), and neurosurgery.