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Most Owners Would Perform CPR on Pets: Survey

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A new survey finds that 63 percent of dog owners and 53 percent of cat owners in the United States would be at least somewhat likely to attempt CPR on their pet in a medical emergency.

Women were much more likely than men (65 percent vs. 50 percent) to say they'd perform CPR on their pets, according to the Associated Press-Petside.com poll of 1,166 pet owners.

Among the other findings:

* Only 20 percent of pet owners have a pet first-aid kit in the home and 54 percent don't have a fire evacuation plan for their pets.

* About 41 percent of respondents said they'd had at least one situation that required an emergency trip to the vet and 11 percent have had a pet hit by a car.
* Seven percent said their pets have eaten something poisonous and 16 percent said their pets have had suffered allergic reactions.
* One-third of cat owners and 62 percent of dog owners said they let their pets ride in their cars unrestrained, instead of in a special pet carrier, while 11 percent of respondents said they leave their pets unattended in a vehicle.

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I guess its natural enough to react to pets as if they are family members. If the pets have been with you for a long time, then you would do anything to save a pet in an emergency, unmindful of the fact that animals carry numerous diseases. At such times you tend to think that an animal infection can't be worse than a human one!!

October 22, 2009 - 11:50am
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