Dog and cat owners are trending toward fewer veterinary visits for their pets, according to the AVMA's latest U.S. Pet Ownership and Demographics Sourcebook. Because preventive care helps keeps pets healthy and prevents untimely deaths, author Steve Dale argues improving utilization of preventive care should be among animal lovers' goals for 2013. Among Dale's other goals for the year are supporting what he calls "sensible dangerous dog laws," rather than those that focus on a single breed, and fighting pet obesity.

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