While cost remains a barrier to extended care since veterinary services are primarily based on discretionary income, 76 percent
of responding veterinarians say they would like to see wider use of pet health insurance. Eighty six percent of associate
veterinarians like pet health insurance as a payment option compared to 72 percent of owners.
Table 5. Percent of practices that actively recommend pet health insurance to clients
Practice owners were also a little less likely to actively recommend it.
Veterinarians report they euthanize an average of 6.6 dogs and 5.4 cats each month. About 40 percent say they are approached
several times a year to euthanize healthy animals. Another 40 percent are asked to put down a healthy animal yearly or less.
When asked to check reasons for requests to euthanize healthy animals, behavior-related problems were named by 90 percent
of the respondents. Moving, change in family status (death or divorce), allergies and the costs associated with pet ownership
were all cited far less frequently.