Thursday, October 22, 2009

Americans Spend $45 Billion a Year on Dog Stuff?

Well No. On all pet stuff. But most of it is dogs. From a Washington Post book review:

Americans this year will spend $45 billion on veterinary antidepressants, canine hip replacements and doggie spa days. Pet spending has nearly tripled in 15 years, with dogs taking up the lion's share. As the animals have made the physical move from backyard doghouses to ergonomic indoor puppy beds, they've undergone an even more significant philosophical evolution: Man's best friend has become what marketing types now call America's "fur baby."

1 comment:

Viatecio said...

OK, I'm fine with a few things...having a variety of toys, a few different collars for fun, some chewies...but we have gone way overboard with some things.

People need to start thinking about when what they do benefits THEM and not the pet.

At the euth appt for our old dog, they offered to do an ultrasound to see where all his internal bleeding was coming from. That wouldn't have changed the fact that he was in a lot of pain and would still be put down that day because nothing could be done. Just would've padded Dr Vet's pockets a little more.