The number of pets brought to the emergency room has risen by over 50% since 2010, and the number of people who go to the hospital for a companion animal has increased by almost 80% over the same period.
The latest figures show that there were 1,200 people who died in hospital due to a companion dog or cat last year, with the highest number of deaths from dogs or cats occurring in the last 10 years.
A total of 1,746 people died from companion animals last year.
The majority of these deaths occurred in the South, with Victoria, Western Australia and the Northern Territory having the highest rates of death, with deaths from cats occurring most often in Tasmania and Queensland.
In Queensland, there were almost 50 deaths a day, with two people dying every day, the highest rate of deaths in the state in 20 years.
The figures also show that dogs and cats are the most common cause of death among those suffering from respiratory distress, with cats accounting for almost 50% of the deaths.
While pets were responsible for more than half of all people in hospital for respiratory distress in Victoria in 2015, the number fell to 40% in 2018, as the death rate from respiratory illness and coronavirus declined.
In South Australia, the death rates for dogs and cat deaths were also highest in the Northern Territories, with Tasmania having the second highest rate at 45%.
In the South West, the rates of respiratory distress among cats were the highest in Western Australia at 12% and Queensland at 14%.
A total number of 627 people died in 2018 from respiratory disease, with over half of these people being pets, with dogs accounting for 55% of deaths.
More on companion animalsIn NSW, the rate of death from respiratory disturbance in dogs increased from 2.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017 to 3.1 in 2018.
This was partly due to coronaviruses, which had increased the incidence of coronaviral disease.
In the Northern Maroochydore region, there was a 25% increase in deaths from respiratory illnesses last year compared to 2017.
A report from the Royal Commission into Companion Animal Hospitals in Queensland found that while the state’s pet industry has been successful in providing pets for many years, it has not been able to sustainably meet the demand and keep up with the demand.
The Royal Commission found that pet owners were often reluctant to take up the option of pet ownership.