America is struggling, but not that much. We still spend $53 billion on pets.
I like pets, but I don’t own one now. Why? They say a pet is a nice companion. I watch people walk them and clean up after them. That is the people’s choice.
While there is talk about starvation and fiscal problems in America, how serious can it be when we spend $12.5 billion on holistic dog acupuncture. If someone stuck me with a needle, I would bite them.
While over 1 million government workers will lose their jobs come March 1st, the President is feeding his dog and playing golf in Florida. It is hard to take Americans seriously when confronted with these discrepancies.
Poverty in America is trending upward and so is spending on pets. Pets or poverty? Pets are the winners.
“Americans spent a whopping $53 billion on just their pets in 2012
$12.5 billion was spent on holistic therapies like dog acupuncture
Experts say even more will be spent on the family pet in 2013
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 21:07 EST, 22 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:52 EST, 23 February 2013
Animal-loving Americans spent an astounding $53 billion on their pets last year and experts say that number will grow even more in 2013.
That's up 5 percent from 2011, when spending first broke the $50 billion barrier, says the American Pet Products Association, a trade group based in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Furry friends: Americans spent over $53 billion on their pets in 2012, up 5 percent from 2011
Costly kitty: Americans are expected to shell out even more for their cats, dogs, and other pets in 2013
And APPA President and CEO Bob Vetere predicts another 4 percent gain this year.
According to the group’s data, $34.3 billion of the astronomical sum was spent on food and veterinary care with spending on over-the-counter medications and supplies rising over 7 percent from last year’s numbers."