Survey Indicates Pets are Family Members

The American Animal Hospital Association conducts an annual survey to learn about people's relationships with their pets. According to an AAHA spokesperson, "These survey results indicate that pet owners are getting the message that by caring for their pet's health, including visiting the veterinarian regularly, they can help ensure their pet remains a healthy, happy member of the family for as long as possible."

Of the 1200 pet owners surveyed in the United States and Canada:

92% take pets for regular checkups and vaccinations
82% have their pets spayed or neutered
76% feed their pets premium pet foods
68% provide regular exercise
97% provide love & affection as their first priority

Other interesting statistics:

84% refer to themselves as the pet's mom or dad
63% celebrate their pet's birthday
43% give their pet a wrapped birthday gift