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National Pet Day: April 11, 2022

Release Number CB22-SFS.49
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From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Keeping Pets and People Healthy: “There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Most households in the United States have at least one pet.

“Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets is linked to several health benefits, including:

  • Decreased blood pressure, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD.
  • Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities; better cognitive function in older adults; and more opportunities to socialize.”

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Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates and 2019 County Business Patterns (CBP).

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Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

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  • NAICS 311111, Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing
  • NAICS 311119, Other Animal Food Manufacturing
  • NAICS 453910, Pet and Pet Supplies Stores
  • NAICS 541940, Veterinary Services
  • NAICS 812910, Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services

Source: 2017 Economic Census.

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  • NAICS 311111, Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing
  • NAICS 311119, Other Animal Food Manufacturing

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  • NAICS 541940, Veterinary Services

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  • NAICS 812910, Pet Care (except Veterinary) Services

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