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Continued: Trade association says Americans spent $56 billion on pets in 2013; food consumes the most

  • Article by: SUE MANNING , Associated Press
  • Last update: March 13, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Other pet industry spending last year included $14.4 billion for veterinary care; $13.1 billion for supplies and over-the-counter medicines; $2.2 billion for live animal purchases; and $4.4 billion for other services.

Those services include grooming, boarding, training and pet-sitting and grew by the largest percentage last year — 6.1 percent.

Health and wellness products, supplies and over-the-counter medications — which grew by 7.4 percent in 2012 — grew only 3.9 percent in 2013, Vetere said.

Sales of live animals — everything except dogs and cats — has fallen off in the past few years, Vetere said. He expects it to drop off another 2 percent this year.

American pets include an estimated 95.6 million cats and 83.3 million dogs, the APPA said. There are also 20.6 million birds, 8.3 million horses, 145 million freshwater fish, 13.6 million saltwater fish, 11.6 million reptiles and 18.1 million small animals.

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