US spending on pets 'passes $50bn'

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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:24 pm

Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before, according to estimates in a new report. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says spending on pets in the US passed $50bn (£31.5bn) in 2011.

Food and veterinary costs accounted for about 65% of the figure, but the category of "pet services" grew faster than any other, totalling $3.79bn (£2.39bn) in 2011.

Pet services includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, and pet-sitting. Spending on pet services should continue to grow and reach $4.11bn (£2.59bn) by the end of 2012, said APPA President Bob Vetere.


Analysts say the pet services industry will continue to see strong growth in 2012

"We are seeing a boom in this category as people continue to work and require services such as pet-sitting, boarding and walking to care for their pets at home," Mr Vetere said.

'Bionic toys'

Pet insurance is expected to be another growth area, with spending estimated at $450m (£284m) in 2011.

A wide range of pet clothes are available from US retailers, from polo shirts to wigs and fancy dress costumes.

"People are more interested in pets than ever before but they are taking their time, once they make the commitment, to do it right," San Diego veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang told the Associated Press.

The pet services industry is becoming ever more adept at providing pet owners with items to meet their specific needs, Ms Vogelsang says.

"We are seeing a lot of puzzle feeders for dogs - not just toys but ones that are geared toward the mental needs of the animal. Then there are bionic toys for destructive chewers, a lot of very niche items."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17243094

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Post by Nems Again on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:26 pm

For gods sake! No
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:45 pm

Nems Again wrote:For gods sake! No

lol! Max does go for his six weekly hair cut. It's important to him that he looks nice for the ladies

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Post by Nems Again on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:22 pm

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lol! Max does go for his six weekly hair cut. It's important to him that he looks nice for the ladies

Six weekly?!
Mols only goes every 3 months, couldnt do it more often, it takes it out of all of us!
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Post by Guest on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:42 pm

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Six weekly?!
Mols only goes every 3 months, couldnt do it more often, it takes it out of all of us!

For a Cavalier he's quite hairy and doesn't lose his hair much at all. He needs to go and he loves it, nutter

He can't wait to get in there, he's been since he was a puppy and didn't need it so it's always been part of his routine Very Happy

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Post by Nems Again on Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:51 pm

Mollie is a maverick! she doesnt do routine, she is busy trying to get her chops on Theodore at the moment!
She is stood guard outside daughters bedroom door!
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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:55 pm

Guest wrote:Americans are spending more on their pets than ever before, according to estimates in a new report. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) says spending on pets in the US passed $50bn (£31.5bn) in 2011.

Food and veterinary costs accounted for about 65% of the figure, but the category of "pet services" grew faster than any other, totalling $3.79bn (£2.39bn) in 2011.

Pet services includes grooming, boarding, pet hotels, and pet-sitting. Spending on pet services should continue to grow and reach $4.11bn (£2.59bn) by the end of 2012, said APPA President Bob Vetere.


Analysts say the pet services industry will continue to see strong growth in 2012

"We are seeing a boom in this category as people continue to work and require services such as pet-sitting, boarding and walking to care for their pets at home," Mr Vetere said.

'Bionic toys'

Pet insurance is expected to be another growth area, with spending estimated at $450m (£284m) in 2011.

A wide range of pet clothes are available from US retailers, from polo shirts to wigs and fancy dress costumes.

"People are more interested in pets than ever before but they are taking their time, once they make the commitment, to do it right," San Diego veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang told the Associated Press.

The pet services industry is becoming ever more adept at providing pet owners with items to meet their specific needs, Ms Vogelsang says.

"We are seeing a lot of puzzle feeders for dogs - not just toys but ones that are geared toward the mental needs of the animal. Then there are bionic toys for destructive chewers, a lot of very niche items."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17243094

that is about the same as we spend on defence.

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