Pets a Vital Part of the American Family, petMD Study Finds

PetMD Editorial
Published: June 08, 2011
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According to the first annual petMD Pet Owners Survey, the bond U.S. pet owners share with their pets impacts many decisions in their daily lives, well beyond those that are just pet-related.

For instance, with 98 percent of those surveyed stating they believe it's important for children to grow up around pets, we can now safely assume the concept of the American family unit includes our pets too.

Other interesting survey findings:

  • 90% of pet owners would fight more passionately for their pets than for money in a divorce
  • 73% would choose their pet over a human if they could only have one friend
  • 66% of pet owners would not vote for a presidential candidate who is perceived not to like pets

"Pet owners are passionately loyal to their pets and they show it in every aspect of their lives," said Nicolas Chereque, petMD Co-Founder. "The petMD survey shows that, much like human relationships, pets are a mixture of love, worry, joy and frustration for their owners, who consistently look for ways to improve the quality of their pets' lives. A pet's well-being is indelibly linked to that of its owner, and vice-versa."

The survey, which took place in May, consisted of 1,500 U.S. pet owners. To read other interesting findings in the first annual petMD Pet Owners Survey, please click here.

For media inquiries:
Andrea Riggs
BrandPillow Consulting on behalf of petMD
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