2017-02-19 / Insight

From dogs to hedgehogs to horses Lapeer County residents are ...

Crazy about our pets

I t’s estimated one in two homes in Lapeer County has a pet — whether it’s a dog, cat, rabbit, tropical fish, a hamster or a horse. Many households have several pets, and spend a lot of money to keep them fed, healthy and entertained. The fact is we love our pets and want them to be happy. Toward that end, the City of Lapeer is developing plans to develop a dog park at Rotary Park where area residents will be able to bring their animals to socialize with other dogs and have fun with their owners.

The American Pet Products Association (APPA) found that in 2016 U.S. pet owners spent $62.75 billion on their furry (or scaly) friends. That estimate is up about 4 percent from the $60.28 billion spent the year before. In fact, total U.S. pet industry expenditures have gone up every single year that the association has collected this data, which it began doing in 1994. That first year, the industry was worth $17 billion.

In the U.S. there are currently 312.1 million domesticated pets living in 129.8 million households. Cats and dogs are by far the most popular pets, with 75 percent of pet-owning households having at least one. However, cats and dogs are each outnumbered by fish, which account for 105 million pets, more than a third of all the pets owned in the country.

Cat and dog owners generally spend a good chunk of money on their pets each year. Tallying up veterinary care, food, treats, boarding, grooming, vitamins, and toys, according to the APPA it costs $1,641 per year to take care of a dog and $1,125 to take care of a cat.

Today, we offer greater Insight into the variety of pets Lapeer County residents care for in their homes and on their properties.

— Jeff Hogan

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