Recession having an impact on consumer spending for pet care, survey finds
NATIONAL REPORT — Most pet owners (85 percent) are not cutting back on pet spending despite the recession, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and http://Petside.com/
What's the bad news? Of the 15 percent who say they are cutting back on pet care, nearly half are deferring routine visits to veterinarians. One in five say they are putting off veterinary visits for serious problems, while one in four say they are considering relinquishing a pet because of financial difficulties.
The poll sought to measure pet-owner sentiments about the recession and the human-animal bond.OTHER FINDINGS:
The http://AP-Petside.com/ Poll was conducted by GfK Public Affairs & Media in early December. It included responses from 1,129 randomly chosen pet owners.