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Nearly 80% say the best part of their day is coming home to their pet

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NEW RESEARCH SAYS NEARLY TWO IN THREE (71%) PET OWNERS REGULARLY PUT THEIR PET’S NEEDS BEFORE THEIR OWN.

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THAT’S ACCORDING TO A NEW POLL OF 2,000 PET OWNERS CONDUCTED BY ONEPOLL ON BEHALF OF CHEWY.

RESULTS SHOW NEARLY EIGHT IN 10 (78%) AGREE THAT SEEING THEIR FOUR-LEGGED FRIENDS WHEN THEY COME HOME IS THE BEST PART OF THEIR DAY. 

THE SURVEY LOOKED AT WHAT PET PARENTS DO TO PRIORITIZE THEIR FURRY FRIEND’S HAPPINESS.

OWNERS SAY PETS INFLUENCE WHAT TRIPS THEY TAKE (40%), WHERE THEY LIVE (37%) AND THE PEOPLE THEY HANG OUT WITH (35%).

ONE IN THREE (36%) EVEN SAY THEIR PET EVEN IMPACTS HOW THEY SPEND MONEY.

IN FACT, ALMOST HALF (46%) OF PET PARENTS HAVE SPENT MORE ON THEIR PET’S MEDICAL NEEDS THAN THEIR OWN.

SINCE GETTING A PET, RESPONDENTS BELIEVE THEY’RE MORE RESPONSIBLE (40%) AND EMPATHETIC (32%). ALMOST THREE IN 10 (28%) EVEN FEEL MORE PREPARED TO HAVE KIDS. 

TOP DECISIONS INFLUENCED BY PETS

  • Getting another pet - 62%
  • Medical expenses - 46%
  • Changing plans – 43%
  • Canceling plans – 39%
  • Trips and vacations - 40%
  • Where you sleep in bed - 21%

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