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National Holiday-Themed Survey Reveals Fun Insight About Our Pets

| Published on December 14, 2014

VetIQ®, the vet-recommended line of pet prescription medications, flea & tick preventives and other health and wellness supplements for America’s pets – just revealed the results of its 2014 Holiday Fun Survey.  The study, which asked more than 750 pet owners to provide insight about their dogs and cats during “the most wonderful time of the year”, highlights some of the popular quirks and trends that occur among pets from the Thanksgiving holiday through New Year’s Day.

When asked whether their dog or cat has been naughty or nice this year, most pet owners say their pet has been NICE (85%) vs. NAUGHTY (15%).

And when it comes to family dynamics during the holidays, most pet owners said they would rather stay home alone with their pet to celebrate (96%) than have to leave their dog or cat at home to visit their in-laws (4%).

As for New Years’ resolutions, most owners want their pet to learn better behavior in 2015 (53%) – but they also want their pet to get rid of their bad breath (26%) and lose weight (21%)!

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Additional Highlights from VetIQ’s Holiday Fun Survey:

  • Do you share your Thanksgiving feast (or the left-overs) with your pet? 64% (yes!), 25% (no way!), 11% (only if they take something off the table when no one is watching)
  • A kiss beneath the mistletoe is: 85% (OK for pets too!), 15% (for people ONLY!)
  • Which holiday character best describes your pet’s personality?  54% (Santa Claus), 32% (Frosty), 14% (The Grinch)
  • What is your pet’s holiday nemesis?  38% (colder weather), 38% (doorbells & carolers), 15% (your out-of-town family members), 9% (flashing lights & decorations)
  • How much do you spend on holiday gifts for your pet? 48% (less than $25), 35% ($25-$50), 10% ($50-100), 6% (I don’t buy holiday gifts for my pet), 2% (more than $100)
  • Do you plan to travel with your pet this holiday season? 24% (yes), 76% (no)
  • If you do travel with your pet, you travel by: 97% (car), 1% (train), 2% (airplane)
  • Which winter vacation would your pet enjoy the most? 36% (they would rather stay home), 23% (somewhere fun in the snow), 19% (on a road trip), 21% (a beach escape), 1% (a desert adventure)


Who is VetIQ?

The company’s extensive pet care portfolio consists of Minties® Dental Treats, VetGuard Plus® Flea & Tick control, and VetIQ® Health & Wellness products.  VetIQ® products are backed by years of research and development to ensure all medications and supplements comply with FDA and EPA regulations for product and packaging safety, because quality, safe products are the company’s priority.

About the Author Based in Wilsonville, Ore., animal lover Kristina N. Lotz is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and works as a full time trainer. She is the founder of A Fairytail House, a unique all-positive all-sport dog training facility that helps rescue dogs in her area and provides free seminars and training classes for the community. In her spare time, she trains and competes in herding, agility, obedience, rally, and conformation with her Shetland Sheepdogs. She smartly married a Veterinary Technician, who helps keep the fur kids happy and healthy, and provides a quick resource for articles.

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