Pricey Pets

Poll shows 8 and 10 pet owners took animals to vet

LOS ANGELES - A new poll shows that eight in 10 pet owners across the country took their animals to a vet in the past year,
spending over $500 on average.

The poll shows dogs made more trips -- 85 percent of dog owners took their pets to the vet, while 79 percent of cat owners took them in.

According to the poll, dog owners spent an average of $537. For cat owners, it was $558. The poll also shows that 16 percent -- that's one in six owners -- had to deal with a serious pet illness during the year and they
spent an average of $1,092 on vet care.  

For those whose pets did not face a serious illness, the average bill was $358.

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