ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - When you're sick you go to the doctor what people don't realize is their pets need a yearly check up just like they do.
Dr, Jay Hreiz at Ebenezer Animal Hospital in Rock Hill says in the past few years while the economy has been down, so has the number of clients bringing in their pets for checkups.
"We understand the economy has hit everybody hard but we still think that annual pet care is extremely important," said Hreiz.
A Bayer Veterinary Care study last year found that 24 percent of pet owners agreed that routine checkups for their animals are unnecessary.
The same study showed 33 percent of dog owners and 41 percent of cat owners agreed that if their pet did not need to be vaccinated every year.
Though Hreiz has seen a decline of pet checkups yet he's seen a rise elsewhere.