The first annual survey of the needs of Australia’s senior dogs and cats and the needs of the Australians who care for them conducted by the Older Pet Alliance in November 2020, helps shine a light on important issues for Australian older dogs and cats and the people who care for them.
With over 330 responses from all over Australia, the vast majority of older pet owners (92.1%) told us that they consider their pets to be members of the family. While the Survey identified that they are worried about many things, their biggest concern is how much longer their furry family member will be around. Many owners advised that they go to great lengths to make life easier for their older pet and will go without things for themselves to provide for their cherished pet.
The survey took a detailed look at the costs of veterinary visits and pet supplies and the results show that such costs are a concern for many, but that doesn’t stop older pet owners making sure they take their pet to the vet regularly, with over 62% having had at least one visit to the vet in the last 3 months.
The cost of vet visits and pet supplies doesn’t however deter most people spoiling their pet with almost 50% of Australian older dog and cat owners saying they buy their pets Christmas and birthday gifts every time!
Pet insurance however was a different situation, many respondents said pet insurance for older dogs and cats wasn’t available, was too expensive, didn’t cover everything or was a hassle to claim.
The good news was that most people are confident in caring for their older pet but there is still a large group who want to be better educated.
Overall the OlderPet.com.au survey of Australian owners of older pets paints a good picture of the situation for Australian senior pets, however it does identify a number of needs that are currently un-met or under fulfilled. The Older Pet Alliance use the results of the survey to assist it in its ongoing work with the owners of senior dogs and cats, veterinary and industry professionals and government and not-for-profits to assist carers of Australia’s older pets.
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