Some habits at the veterinarian's office, dubbed "vet peeves" by the author of this article, can affect pet care, and she suggests avoiding them to keep the owner, pet and veterinarian happy. It's important to arrive on time, listen while receiving pet care instructions and let the professionals handle the pet restraint during exams. Also, don't get upset if asked to leave the room for a procedure to be completed.
Americans spend more than $52 billion every year on their pets, and APPA estimates pet spending increased by 3.8% in 2012. "Pet owners reward their pets and purchase holiday gifts for them in even the toughest of economic times," APPA President Bob Vetere said.
In an APPA survey, 93% of pet owners said they planned to buy holiday gifts for their pets this year. "With retailers and researchers expecting the 2012 holiday shopping season to be even better than last year, we have positive expectations for the pet industry," said APPA President Bob Vetere.
Pennsylvania resident Carol Bryant plans holiday festivities around her cocker spaniel, Dexter, taking him to see holiday light displays, setting aside a stocking for him and buying presents he can unwrap under the tree. "It seems many pet owners have accepted that their pets are like children and they enjoy indulging their pet more than ever," said APPA President Bob Vetere. "It is easier for pet owners to spend on their pets than other relationships in their lives because pets have no expectations."
While most people think of dogs in association with heartworm disease, cats can also contract it, resulting in adult worms in their heart and blood vessels. Monthly topical or oral heartworm preventive medication is recommended for cats because it's difficult to detect heartworm disease in cats, there is no treatment available for infected cats and infections cause illness and death in some cases.