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Survey shows millennials prioritize their pet’s health above their own

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Samantha Ashenhurst is a writer, editor, and dog-enthusiast based in Canada. She has written for various veterinary and lifestyle publications in the Greater Toronto Area, including Veterinary Practice News and Veterinary Practice News Canada. Samantha has attended Toronto Westie Walk in support of Westies in Need Dog Rescue Canada for the past 10 years.

Millennials certainly care about their pets—some, perhaps, even a bit more than they care about themselves.

This is according to a recent survey conducted by HealthPocket, an online resource that connects consumers with medical coverage, which polled 1,000 people between the ages of 20 and 35 to find out more about how they approach and prioritize health-care.

The results saw 62 percent of pet-owning respondents say they would take their pet to the veterinarian over going to the doctor themselves if they could only afford one option.

In addition, 25 percent of millennials polled reported having pet insurance, while the average across all ages is less than five percent.

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