Impact of the Pandemic on Pet-Human Relationship
Do you prefer staying home with your pet to going out and about these days? You are not alone. New research shows that 76% of those who adopted a pet in the last two years prefer spending time with their pet over anybody else.
After two years of the COVID-19 outbreak, Banfield Pet Hospital polled 1,000 pet owners on their relationship with their animals. In 2021, nearly half (49%) of men and 47% of women said they dated less to spend time with their dog or cat. So many people cut their honeymoon short in 2021 to spend less time away from their pets.
In response to the pandemic, 95% of respondents said they prioritized their pet's veterinarian care this year. At the start of the pandemic in May 2020, just 20% of owners were more committed to preventative care check-ups.
In a statement, Molly McAllister, chief medical officer of Banfield Pet Hospital, noted that owners are increasingly finding ways to spend quality time with and care for their pets – whether through office visits or novel modalities of treatment like telehealth. With the growing pet-owner link, veterinarians have a unique chance to play an ever-larger part in people's lives, ultimately helping the growing number of pets be happy and healthy.