Pet owners will spend $72B this year

Scottsdale tops list of pet-friendly cities

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People in the U.S. love their pets a lot, and with 68 percent of homes having at least one, they’ll spend an estimated $72 billion this year on pet-related items.

The American Pet Products Association broke it down, finding out that we’ll spend around $30 billion on food for our furry friends.

Veterinarians will get about $18.26 billion of our money, while we’ll spend around $15.5 billion on supplies and over-the-counter medicine.

The other nearly $8 billion is spent on live animal purchases and other services, such as grooming and boarding, APPA said.

APPA also broke down the amount of U.S. homes that have pets, and found – unsurprisingly – that dogs rule, with 60.2 million households having at least one dog.

Cats can be found in 47.1 million homes, and freshwater fish in 12.5 million.

Other pets in order of popularity include birds, small animals such as hamsters, reptiles, horses and saltwater fish.

APPA reports that a decent majority of homes have more than one pet, with 89.7 million dogs and 94.2 million cats owned in the U.S.

WalletHub recently ranked pet-friendly cities, with Scottsdale, Arizona, topping the list.

The website used 24 key metrics to determine the rankings, including Pet Budget, Pet Health and Wellness and Outdoor Pet-Friendliness.

The rest of the Top 10:

2. Orlando
3. San Diego
4. Austin
5. Phoenix
6. Tampa
7. Cincinnati
8. Seattle
9. Las Vegas
10. Irvine (Cali.)

Pet-friendly cities ranked

Source: WalletHub

 

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