Hiyaguha Cohen

When people think about getting a pet, they usually focus on the cuddle factor, the idea that they'll have a companion or protector, a fuzzy friend. Of course, most also recognize that pets require care and money, but it seems that a whole lot of us underestimate just how much care and expense pets actually require. Certainly statistics bear this out. Up to 20 percent of cats and dogs entering homes are given up for adoption within six months.1 And of those, about 2.7 million are euthanized each year. As for the pets that remain in homes, they often get much less care than they need, as shown by the fact that veterinary visits are on the decline and chronic disease among dogs and cats has sharply risen.

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