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At Least Americans Are Spending A Record $50.84 Billion On Pet Care
Business Insider ^ | 11/02/2011 | Madeline Scinto

Posted on 11/02/2011 12:34:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Despite the anemic state of affairs in the U.S., there's at least one industry un-phased by the economic picture: the pet business. It's absolutely booming.

From 1994 to 2010, the American Pet Products Association reports the industry jumped a whopping $31.53 billion dollars.

People will spend about $50.84 billion dollars on their pets in 2011 alone, estimates the association, up from $48.3 billion in 2010.

Granted, more people own animals than they used to back in 1994. Today, Americans care for about 377.41 million household pets, meaning there are 27 million more pets than humans in the U.S.

But the major animal spending hike, besides the fact there's more Sparkys out there, has to do with something we can all relate to: medical care.

Vets and medical supplies for animals have just gotten more expensive. Within the last year alone, people spent $1 billion more on vet care, and another half-billion on medicine, bringing the grand total to $25.51 billion.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: doggieping; kittyping; petcare; pets

1 posted on 11/02/2011 12:34:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Most vets are major rip offs


2 posted on 11/02/2011 12:38:23 PM PDT by al baby (Is that old windbag still on the air ?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Animals don’t have that evil streak as people do...well, excluding my own.

But I still spend the money on them. I think I’m their slave (somebody help me).


3 posted on 11/02/2011 12:39:18 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Stay involved..because stupid people are running America! - Herman Cain - Amen!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Count me in the chumps. I paid for cataract surgery for my Yorkie. Couldn’t bear him walking around bumping into things; blind at 6 years old.


4 posted on 11/02/2011 12:42:51 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: al baby

Unemployed? Consider selling Dog Biscuit.


5 posted on 11/02/2011 12:45:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: throwback

Better to be a dog in America than a kid in Somalia.


6 posted on 11/02/2011 12:46:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

My theory is all the women who grew up during the height of the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s are all now childless spinsters with 14 cats.


7 posted on 11/02/2011 12:51:49 PM PDT by Catholic Canadian
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To: SeekAndFind

My theory is many of the women who grew up during the height of the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s are now childless spinsters with 14 cats.


8 posted on 11/02/2011 12:52:17 PM PDT by Catholic Canadian
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To: SeekAndFind; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

9 posted on 11/02/2011 12:54:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: al baby

Our Vet at least dispenses medicine for our two dogs at
very little profit to himself. A number of OTC things at least wound up costing more at
COSTCO, for God’s sake.


10 posted on 11/02/2011 12:54:49 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, I will answer for my priorities. I have sponsored a child through World Vision for 15 years, and give to Shared Hope International every month, but I see your point.


11 posted on 11/02/2011 12:55:41 PM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kids in Somalia aren’t my responsibility, I didn’t put them there, I didn’t screw up their country. Pets in my home are my responsibility, I put them there, I try not to let it get screwed up.


12 posted on 11/02/2011 12:59:59 PM PDT by discostu (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today)
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To: SeekAndFind

And that is why I started my Pet Sitting business! I have only one reservation open for the Christmas week. I’m booked pretty solid for the next 7 weeks!

I do still have 2 reservation slots available for Thanksgiving.

Plans for next spring include hiring one to two professional dog walkers.


13 posted on 11/02/2011 1:03:11 PM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: SeekAndFind
$50.84 billion

That works out to $1/week average per household.

14 posted on 11/02/2011 1:07:20 PM PDT by Reeses (Have you mocked a Democrat today?)
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To: Slings and Arrows
My indoor kittehs don't need much veterinary care, but they get it when they do.

We've had excellent vets and really lousy ones, but we have a pretty good one right now. My Rocket is going in for a checkup Saturday. It's 18 months since he was diagnosed with CRF, and he's lived about 16 months longer after diagnosis than the other cat we had who died of it.

We have no qualms about paying for their treatment when they're sick.
15 posted on 11/02/2011 1:08:53 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: al baby

“Most vets are major rip offs”

Right you are al.

There is a trend today towards increasing profits at the expense of pets IMO. We encountered this new trend in the ‘90’s, and here is what we saw.

Old time Veterinarians we knew that could feel the animal, discern hot spots that could tell them precisely what the animal needed all of a sudden couldn’t be done anymore. NOPE, now all of a sudden the Vet that could look at the animal in the eye, and tell me such, and such a medicine would fix the little critter’s ailment yesterday now requires a $250.00 blood test, or urine test today.

Now they had to hold the animal over night to monitor it’s behavior, and of course run up costs to the owner of the pet.

What used to cost an office visit, and a prescription drug, now is the office visit, the second office visit when you return for your pet as well the cost of the monitoring over night, the tests that were run, and on, and on the list goes.

We searched and found an old time Vet that still practices the way he did over the many years, and we keep our costs down that way. We are back up now to 17 cats as we just took in a mother cat, and her two kittens so we can get them speyed, all females, four dogs, down to two horses, and the one Donkey we have left.

That’s what we encountered. The Vets are now hustlers for the big bucks.

The Vet we had been going to now owns a chain of Veterinary Hospitals since he started placing revenue over the Pets comfort, and health


16 posted on 11/02/2011 1:10:13 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: EBH

RE: And that is why I started my Pet Sitting business!

And who’s going to sit your Pet Sitting business when you are out on vacation? LOL


17 posted on 11/02/2011 1:11:21 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: Catholic Canadian

My personal observations fit along with that, too. The pets fill in the void for the “I need something to take care of” niche where children used to be for many women. The invention of doggie purses (replacing baby slings) and pet strollers is proof of this.


18 posted on 11/02/2011 1:13:30 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: SeekAndFind
Better to be a dog in America than a kid in Somalia.

Certainly it's easier to check that the money you allocate for your dog in America is actually spent on your dog in America. Send your money to some charity which advertises help for starving children in Somalia and take your chances on how much actually gets to a child after running the gauntlet of charity administration costs, overhead and bribes in Somalia. And while I do donate to such charities, it's always necessary to remember that those donations do nothing to fix the real problem, which is corrupt, dysfunctional governments in Somalia and elsewhere.
19 posted on 11/02/2011 1:18:54 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: SeekAndFind

But they taste so good.


20 posted on 11/02/2011 1:23:58 PM PDT by fungoking (Tis a pleasure to live in the Ozarks)
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To: EBH

Wow, you have an amazing website. I used to do a lot of housesitting and pet-sitting when I was in grad school. My fantasy is to also work for Galt :0) and go back to something like that, instead of slaving 12-18 hours a day to support the welfare state (on vacation now, THANK goodness).


21 posted on 11/02/2011 1:24:16 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: SeekAndFind

Guilty as charged.

But happy to do so.


22 posted on 11/02/2011 1:35:59 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, the first time my beloved kitteh got sick, the vett saw me coming, I spent a fortune and even took the samples to the lab. The result, she got better on her own.

A friend gave me this advice:
If they are not physically injured such as a broken bone or bite or something, wait over night. Then if they don’t eat or are lethargic, then take em in. Cats are like a temperamental sports car so if they don’t eat, once, it’s not that big of a deal. Dogs, on the other hand, never refuse to eat so I’d be a little more worried.

Finally, if you have a vet you trust not to fleece you, take em in either way.

Oh yeah, California has implemented a scam though. You used to just give your dog heartworm medicine testing em the first time you give it and then assume it’s working afterwards, now, I think it’s every 6 months or year, you have to have them tested before they’ll sell you the meds.


23 posted on 11/02/2011 1:37:37 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Borax Queen

Thank you. ;-) I spent 8 weeks learning to do it myself about this time last year. It has been a struggle this first year out of the gate, but I am finally turning the corner. The mentors in the profession told me to expect 3-5 years to turn a profit. Well...”we” did it in less than one.


24 posted on 11/02/2011 1:52:36 PM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

That is soooo great!!!! Based on your website, I would completely hire you and we have 9 cats :0) (In AZ)

I can tell that you really care, and that’s how I was when I pet-sat, and am with my own beasties :0)


25 posted on 11/02/2011 1:56:07 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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To: SeekAndFind

It amazes me that people who are not financially secure or independent choose to support an animal.


26 posted on 11/02/2011 2:00:48 PM PDT by all the best
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To: TheOldLady

Good deal; good vet; good kitteh.


27 posted on 11/02/2011 2:12:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Reeses

120,000,000 households (my estimate based households and average number of members from 2000 and 2008) at $1/week would be $6.24B.


28 posted on 11/02/2011 2:17:16 PM PDT by Darth Reardon (No offense to drunken sailors)
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To: EBH

I did that business with the kids when they were little. It got too big so I sold it.


29 posted on 11/02/2011 2:26:30 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson

People sort of chuckle at me when I tell them what I do...but it does Ok for now in a recession/depression. It took me 4 years to finally get the courage to take the jump. I am very happy I did.


30 posted on 11/02/2011 2:48:27 PM PDT by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: SeekAndFind
Guilty. Our two Fur & Purr factories bring us so much joy and ask for little in return.

Oh, wait...they're cats. Actually they are demanding overlords. But they're so darn cute!

31 posted on 11/02/2011 2:55:43 PM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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32 posted on 11/02/2011 2:59:19 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Catholic Canadian
My theory is all the women who grew up during the height of the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s are all now childless spinsters with 14 cats.

The longer I live, the more I enjoy the society of my 3 cats. They don't lie to me, they don't steal from me, they don't stop bathing and get stinky like my ex-husband. If you're nice to cats (and most domestic animals), they'll be nice to you, unlike a lot of people (including some women) who turn out to be thankless wretches.

I cannot imagine being legally bound to someone who after 10 years altered behavior and went a week in summer without a bath, who routinely lied to me, and who was so careless he had to be watched lest he burn the house down.

There are worse things than being "alone".
33 posted on 11/02/2011 3:03:06 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: EBH

You chuckle back at the snobs - all the way to the bank. :) When I sold that business it was earning me about $60k per year and that was nearly twenty years ago.


34 posted on 11/02/2011 3:34:17 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SeekAndFind

Heart worms are a product of banning DDT.

That’s added 100 bucks each to the cost of vet care for my animals.


35 posted on 11/02/2011 3:48:48 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: al baby

Not mine, the guy is a saint.


36 posted on 11/02/2011 4:12:30 PM PDT by alarm rider (I took the pledge, I will never vote for another RINO, not now, not ever.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Diet is a big part of why the animals are constantly at the vet’s. High amounts of dry processed “food” (and I use that term loosely) that is anything but biologically appropriate for their species causes a whole host of problems that are increasing by the year. I, for one, am grateful, though, that vet care has increased in quality to the extent that it has (although I wish more conventional vets knew what holistic vets know!)

We unabashedly consider our dogs family. As for the cockeyed theory about people who don’t have children being the one with pets, most people have both. Nuff said.


37 posted on 11/02/2011 4:57:43 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: discostu

Very well said. Never fails that each time there’s an animal thread some here feel compelled to bring in the “poor children” issue. Unbelievable.


38 posted on 11/02/2011 5:04:42 PM PDT by JLLH
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To: SeekAndFind

Our pets are family members so I’m not surprised at the amount of money spent on them.


39 posted on 11/02/2011 5:43:25 PM PDT by tob2
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To: Nepeta
Bootsie lets me hold the remotes. She does enjoy NASCAR and naps on my lap until we wake up for the wrecks.
40 posted on 11/02/2011 6:39:48 PM PDT by Battle Axe (Repent, for the coming of the Lord is nigh.)
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To: Battle Axe
She does enjoy NASCAR and naps on my lap until we wake up for the wrecks.

NASCARWRECK!

41 posted on 11/02/2011 6:46:27 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Catholic Canadian
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42 posted on 11/03/2011 1:05:17 AM PDT by LucyT
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To: Darth Reardon

Oops, I was off by a factor of 10. Make that $10/week. I need to find a government job before my brain retires.


43 posted on 11/03/2011 6:18:16 AM PDT by Reeses (Have you mocked a Democrat today?)
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