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Executive summary of phase 3 of the Bayer veterinary care usage study

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  • 1 Brakke Consulting Inc, 12005 Ford Rd, Ste 530, Dallas, TX 75234.
  • | 2 Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Division, 12707 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee, KS 66216.
  • | 3 Chico Hospital for Cats, 548 W East Ave, Chico, CA 95926.
  • | 4 Ipsos Forward Research, 120 Research Ln, Ste 202, Guelph, ON N1G 0B4, Canada.

The annual number of feline visits to veterinarians decreased 14% from 2001 to 2011, according to the 2012 US Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook published by the AVMA, despite an increase in the cat population during that period.1 Earlier research conducted by Bayer Healthcare Animal Health in cooperation with Brakke Consulting Inc and the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) showed that feline resistance to carriers and transportation was a formidable obstacle for many cat owners in taking their pet to the veterinarian.2

To probe more deeply into why cats are not taken to

Contributor Notes

This article has not undergone peer review; opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the AVMA.

Address correspondence to Mr. Volk (jvolk@brakkeconsulting.com).