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The Pet Doctor, Your Pet Health Matters on PetLifeRadio.comBernadine D. Cruz, DVM, host of The Pet Doctor

Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM
Veterinary Media Consultant

How Healthy are America’s Pets?

Dr. Harry Smith  on Pet Life Radio .........

..Dr. Harry Smith


As Americans we spend more on our pets than on candy, toys and jewelry. We spend more on our pets than the combined revenues from Hollywood’s motion pictures, video games, and recorded music. If pet spending in the U.S. were a country, it would be the 65 largest in the world.

America is in love with its pets, no matter if they have fur, feathers, fins or scales.  We dress them up.  Purchase designer diets. They don’t spend the day locked in the backyard…oh no, not our babies.  They have nannies.  Which car we purchase is often predicated on which one best will transport our lovelies from day care to play dates.  With all of this pampering you would surmise that they would be some of the healthiest critters on the globe.  Alas, this is far from true. 

Banfield Pet Hospitals, the largest general veterinary practice network in the world analyzed their extensive data base to compile the first ever look at the state of pet health in the United States.  Their findings may shock you.  I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Harry Smith.

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