It’s a challenge that too many of us face: Dog and cat visits to veterinary clinics seem to be decreasing at a time when the pet population is increasing. Undoubtedly, this paradox raises concerns about whether pets are getting adequate veterinary care, what impact fewer visits will have on veterinary economics and whether we can reverse this trend.
The Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study, an executive summary of which appears in the May 15, 2011, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, set out to confirm the decrease in the number of patient visits, to identify the factors responsible and present specific actions companion-animal practitioners can take to encourage more frequent veterinary visits for dogs and cats.
It’s a good read, and each of us should spend some time with it. We encourage you to take a look.
Findings of the second phase of the Bayer study will be presented at the AVMA Annual Convention in St. Louis on Monday, July 18.