UT releases report on barriers to veterinary care for pets

Over the previous two years, nearly 28 percent of households with pets experienced barriers to veterinary care.

This is according to a national population survey conducted by the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, a partnership of for-profit and nonprofit veterinary service providers, animal welfare and social service professionals, and educators working with the University of Tennessee's College of Social Work.

The report said dogs and cats living in lower-income households with younger owners are the most at risk for not receiving recommended care.

The report states the overwhelming barrier for all groups of pet owners is financial, with 80 percent unable to obtain preventative care due to financial constraints, 74 percent for sick care, and 56 percent for emergency care.