In a recent 2015/2016 research conducted in the USA, the following statistics have been released. There are approximately 95.5 million freshwater fish, 85.8 million cats, 77.8 million dogs, 14.3 million birds, 12.4 million small animals, 9.5 million salt water fish, 9.3 million reptiles, and 7.5 million horses. It is impossible to know the actual number of pets found in a homestead, but there are formulas for calculating the numbers. This formulas are not accurate as such but are used to approximate the possible number of pets per home.
Majority of the pets in the USA are the pets acquired from shelter or the rescues. This are the pets which are abandoned by their owners. This is due to factors such as the places where they reside, there is no permission or the authorization of keeping the pets. Also some of the pets leave their homes due to factors such ads they are mistreated or lack some essential requirements such as food or medical care. The number of pets per household is difficult or even impossible to identify but we can use some estimates due to research released by some researchers in books such as; the biennial APPA National Pet Owners survey by the American Pet Products Association, and the U.S. Pet Products Association, and the U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics sourcebook by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) which is published after every five years and it uses estimates not the actual values.
The accurate data collected from the shelters and the rescues show that the total amount of capital that is used in the caring of the animals (pets) is approximately 800million to one billion dollars per annum.
The keeping of pets has profound benefits to people who own them. The main reason for keeping the pets is for the purpose of companionship. The seeing-eye dogs are also a major benefit to the people since they are used as a way of improving security in their homes. This is because they have special training and can act as good guards and gate keepers. The companionship of this animals can improve the keepers’ health by lowering their blood pressure and regulating the heart rate during stressful situations.
Because the pets have their positive effects, they also have their negative side. The major effect of the pets is their aggression. In a study of the people owning the dogs as their pets, it showed that 4.5 million of them were bitten by their dogs. This study in America is an yearly study which shows that the pets they keep ere very prone to aggression no all the time but it happens at times. With the 4.5 million bites one out of five bites are the serious bites which require serious medical attention. This is a major blow to the pet owner since it is added cost to the deductions made to the pet owner. This mainly happens to the young children who are likely to play with the dogs more offenly. This is serious because the children require more attention.
The other negative effect of keeping the pets in most families is the added deductions of the pet owners. The cost of adopting a stranded pet is very high and this is affects the people. The pet food is also very costly and therefore it requires a well-off family to keep the pets and maintain them. The medical care of the pets is also another source of deductions to the people owning the pets. The medical care of a sick pet can at times be very high making the family spend millions of cash to cater for the pet. Also for the trained pets, there are licenses one should have in order to keep the animal. All this can be costly to many families.
Another bad effect of the pets is mainly to the people who are allergic to the pet fur. If for example you are allergic to a cat’s fur, then there is a cat within your vicinity, then, this can have negative effects to your health. This is because you might start to wheeze and sneeze. Your eyes are likely to itch and your nose likely to start running. All this are the allergic effect of the pets which can cause diseases to us.
The most amazing thing is that in a survey it has been proved that most Americans are opting to have fewer babies. The fewer babies they are having the more puppies and pets they are purchasing. Birth rates in the U.S. have dropped to seventy per one thousand women in 2007. American women have gave birth to 400,000 fewer babies than they did in the past six years and instead the number of pets are increasing rapidly in the homes. This is proving that the people are opting to have pets instead of babies. They are treating the pets as if they were their own babies.