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Medical mistrust discourages some from seeking vet care

A lack of trust is a higher barrier to veterinary care than race, gender or socioeconomic status, according to the results of an online survey of dog owners published in Veterinary Sciences. Differences in whether owners viewed their dog as property or a family member did not seem to affect willingness to seek veterinary care, but general mistrust of the medical profession was a factor, as were a lack of transportation, inconvenient office hours, cost of care and language differences, says study leader Rachel Park.

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