Special Report

The Most Common Reasons People Take Their Dog to the Vet

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12. Spay or Neuter
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 8.20%

Owners who don’t want to be presented with a litter of puppies have the option to spay or neuter. The difference between the two comes down to gender. Both terms refer to surgical sterilization. Spaying involves removing the uterus and ovaries of a female dog; neutering removes the testicles of a male.

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11. Emergency Care
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 8.70%

This is one dog owners would rather not have to deal with and can be for any number of reasons.

10. X-Rays
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 8.80%

X-rays may be needed when a dog has an accident or may have a condition to be diagnosed.

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9. Grooming
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 9%

Some dogs hate it, others are OK with it, but owners like to have their pets looking good.

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8. Dental Care and Products
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 12.10%

Dogs sometimes need the same dental care humans do, ranging from cleanings to oral surgery.