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Facts on U.S. Pet Owners

July 1, 2011
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The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 2011-12 National Pet Owners Survey relates these facts about U.S. pet owners:

• In 2010, U.S. pet owners spent $48.35 billion on their pets; the estimate for 2011 is $50.84 billion.
The cost of veterinary care in the United States for 2011 is estimated at $14.1 billion.

• 62 percent of American households own a pet, which equates to 72.9 million homes.

•  38.2 million households have a cat, and the total number of owned cats is 93.6 million.

•  46.3 million households have a dog, and the total number of owned dogs is 78.6 million.

•  On average, dog owners spend $225 and cat owners spend $203 annually on routine veterinary visits.

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