Monday, July 19, 2010

Branch animal welfare statistics

Clinic use 2008, 2009, 2010
Comparing figures for treatments given at our animal clinic in the first 6 months of 2008, 2009 and 2010 shows there's been a fairly hefty (26%) rise since 2008 (with the rather odd exception of May which seems to have been unusually busy in 2008).

In the first 6 months of this year we rehomed fourteen dogs, thirty-eight cats, four rabbits and six "small furries". 

We provided treatments for 1,373 dogs, 599 cats, 60 rabbits and 29 small furries.

The huge excess of dogs needs explanation as my impression from sitting in my own vets' waiting room is that private vets must see more cats than dogs. I would guess it's partly that our clinic clients are more likely to be retired or unemployed than the general population, so they're more able to look after dogs. Possibly cats are less expensive to have treated at private vets so fewer people feel the need to use a low-cost alternative.

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