Special Report

The Most Common Reasons People Take Their Dog to the Vet

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7. Food
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 9.50%

The right diet is crucial to health and wellbeing, and the vet’s may be the best place to get advice and products.

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6. Heartworm or Intestinal Worm Care
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 26%

When it comes to worms, prevention is better than cure. Heartworm disease can cause lasting damage to the heart, lungs, and arteries, and can affect a dog’s health and quality of life even after the parasites are gone.

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5. Blood or Lab Tests
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 28.80%

Blood or lab tests may be the only way to get information about a dog’s health. Tests include a complete blood count and blood chemistries, which analyze chemical components in the blood.

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4. OTC Medications*
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 32%

Medications may be needed for any number of reasons, and over-the-counter products are easy to get and often much cheaper than prescription ones.

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3. Flea or Tick Products
> Percentage of pet owners who obtained service or product in 2016: 32.20%

Fleas and ticks — pets don’t want them and owners don’t want them, so that means a trip to the vet for a lot of people.