At Grafton Animal Hospital, the majority of our patients are cats and dogs. This is likely true of every other veterinary practice in the United States. But I recently read an article in Veterinary Economics magazine that shed some light on just how many households have other types of pets.
Did you know more than 1.4 million U.S. households have a pet rabbit? Over 2.3 million households own a hamster, guinea pig, gerbil or other rodent. 1.3 million families own a pet turtle while 1.6 million have a snake, lizard or other reptile. Ferrets seem to be a little less popular in only 334,000 households.
Even more interesting is the fact that over 1 million U.S. households have poultry. Yes, the backyard chicken keeping movement is growing. Over 600,000 homes also have some type of livestock.
By far, the most popular exotic pet in U.S. households is fish. Yes, over 7 million families have a pet fish.
The veterinarians at Grafton Animal Hospital see ALL of these exotic pets. If you are the proud owner of an exotic pet, please tell us about him/her and post a cute photo on our Facebook page.