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Accessibility of veterinary hospitals for clients with mobility-related disabilities

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  • 1 1Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.
  • | 2 2Kansas Disability and Health Program, Institute for Health and Disability Policy Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045.
  • | 3 3Concordia Small Animal Clinic, 1151 W 11th St, Concordia, KS 66901.

The aging of the US population has been accompanied by an increase in the number of people with mobility-related disabilities, many of whom are pet owners.1 For example, the 2017–2018 National Pet Owners Survey estimated that 68% of US households owned a pet, and the US Census Bureau estimated that in 2017, approximately 21 million Americans had a recognized mobility-related disability.2,3 Assuming that individuals with mobility-related disabilities are as likely to own pets as are individuals without such disabilities, this means there are potentially 14 million (0.68 × 21 million) American pet owners with mobility-related disabilities.

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. KuKanich (kstenske@ksu.edu).