Disabilities no longer a death sentence for pets

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - October 18, 2010

From canine chiropractors to companies that make wheelchairs designed for dogs, a segment of the $47 billion pet market is expanding to meet the needs of humans and animals alike.

Pet industry consultant Leslie May says the growth in services and products for disabled animals has been robust over the last five years.

Dianne Dunning is head of the Animal Welfare, Ethics and Public Policy Program at N.C. State University. She says people increasingly see pets as members of the family. That makes people more willing to devote more resources to their animals.

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