Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cost of Owning Dogs and Cats

According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Assocation, the basic annual pet ownership expenses for dog and cat owners is increasing.

The results from the survey for dogs show that the cost of surgical vet visits averages $532 and for routine vet visits its $255. For cats, the cost of vet visits is lower at $278 for surgical vet visits and $203 for routine vet visits.

When it comes to pet nutrition, the average pet owner is spending  $229 a year for food for his dog and $203 for his cat, $64 for dog treats and $37 for cat food treats, and many are also turning to vitamins for their pets spending on average $61 per dog and $28 per cat.
Other significant pet expenses include groomers and grooming aids ($66 for dogs and  $22 for cats) and toys ($40 for dogs,  $19 for cats).

Of course, while the costs of pet ownership do add up, there is no doubt that so do the benefits! And of course, you can save heaps by shopping for pet products online :)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Research Shows Owning Pets is Good for You!

We all know that owning pets is good for your soul, but there is more and more research showing that owning pets is good for your mental and physical health as well!

A recent study at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that people with hypertension who adopted a cat or dog had lower blood pressure readings in stressful situations after they adopted than those who did not own a pet.

Walking with a pet also helps to sooth nerves and offers instant relaxation. Studies from all over the world including the Waltham Cenre for Pet Nutrition in the UK, have shown that stressful situations impact pet owners, especially males, less than  those who do not own a pet.

Research shows that pet owners may also provide their owners with greater psychological stability, giving a measure of protection from heart disease because pets provide people with faithful companionship.

Its also a documented fact that pet ownersactually make fewer doctor visits, especially for non-serious medical conditions than those who don't own pets.

Maybe the phrase should be "pat two puppies a day to keep the doctor away!"