How Life for Dogs and Cats Has Changed in the Last Decade [Infographic]

From June to August, we surveyed more than 13,000 pet parents (representing nearly 25,000 dogs and more than 6,000 cats!) for the 2020 Pet Census. What did we learn?

In a nutshell, pets = family.

If you’re like us, you already knew that was the case. But now we have the data to back it up. For example, here are a few key insights from the 2020 Pet Census:

  • Pet adoptions are up. Nearly 63% of dog parents and 51% of cat parents adopted their pet from a shelter or rescue.
  • Dogs and cats make the best cuddle buddies. As a result, these pets most commonly sleep in bed with their humans.
  • Pets support mental health. Nearly everyone (99% of dog parents and 96% of cat parents) believes their pet has a positive impact on their mental health.
  • “Best friend” is an understatement. The bond with pets is so strong that 72% of dog parents and 32% of cat parents admit they’ve canceled plans to spend time with their pets.
  • Pets are social stars. More than half of pet parents post on social media about their furry family members at least a few times a month. And more than 17% even have dedicated accounts for their pets.
  • DNA testing is more popular than ever! Of the dog parents we surveyed, 67% have done a DNA test for their pet. Have you? Test your pup »

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out this infographic for the complete report of pet facts and figures:

2020 Pet Census results

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The more we know, the better we care.

We believe that learning more about our furry family members helps us provide better care. (In fact, that’s why we make Wisdom Panel™ dog DNA tests.)

So, if you participated in the 2020 Pet Census, thank you!

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The mission of WISDOM HEALTH™ veterinary science and research is to facilitate responsible pet care by enhancing the well-being and relationship between pets, pet owners, breeders, shelters and veterinarians through valuable insights into pets as individuals. Through the genetic testing of dogs and cats we aim to make advances in science towards a better world for all pets so their owners can love them longer.

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