Spanish dogs and cats live longer than they did ten years ago.

VMS scientific study demonstrates the importance of frequent veterinary visits.

According to an exhaustive study carried out by VMS in collaboration with QVET, Spanish dogs and cats have significantly increased their longevity in the last 10 years. This magnificent news surely deserves congratulations to pet parents for the undoubted improvement in the care and awareness of their pets' health that they are demonstrating every year.

Equally, this result demonstrates the spectacular contribution of the entire veterinary industry in the form of an innovative product offering that is better adapted than ever to the needs of pets and their "pet parents".

The most important data from this study, according to Mònica Marrades, statistician and head of research at VMS, are as follows:

  • 461,806 dogs and cats treated in 905 Spanish veterinary centres.
  • Their date of birth and date of death are analysed over the period 2013 to 2022.
  • Results are broken down by dog, cat and in the case of dogs by 5 breed sizes and separating mongrels, to isolate cross-breed size and longevity effects.
  • All results are checked with the relevant statistical estimators to confirm the reliability and confidence margin of the observed differences (detailed data available through VMS).
  • An increase in longevity of almost 2 years (!) in dogs and half a year in cats is observed. In the case of dogs, longevity improvements are observed in all breed sizes and also in mongrels.

When analysing the evolution of the frequency of visits (separately for dogs and cats) to the veterinarian over the last 10 years, there is a significant increase in the frequency of visits for dogs, but not so much for cats.

Although no unequivocal causal relationship can be stated with certainty, the study shows very clearly for dogs the high correlation between more frequent visits to the veterinarian and living longer. An increase of one veterinary visit per year over the lifetime of the dog is associated with an increase in longevity of 2.26 years (with an R2 of 0.83).

QVET and VMS would like to emphasise the absolutely ESSENTIAL role of the veterinary profession in leading this improvement in the health and longevity of the pets in their care: congratulations and thank you very much!

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