The State of the Dog Nation

You may be able to tell from my spelling of words such as “colour” and “theatre” and the like that I am Canadian. (And yes, I do automatically apologize to inanimate objects when I bump into them.)

One of the things about living in Canada that Americans may not know (oh, whom am I kidding – they don’t know anything about us. Why indeed should they bother?) is that we get many of our country’s statistics from the States. You see, our population is approximately one-tenth that of the US. So when we want facts and figures, we simply take the American ones and divide them by 10.

According to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, annual pet industry expenditures in the US equal $62.7 Billion. (How it’s grown in 20 years: Back in 1996, the total expenditure was a mere $21B.) Extrapolate the Canadian data from this by the simple expedient of moving the decimal point and we find that Canucks spend $6.27 Billion US (or $7.84 Billion Cdn., thanks to the miserable exchange rate) on our pets – the vast majority of which are cats (42.9%) and dogs (54.4%). That’s food, toys, leashes, grooming, vet care, dog walkers, plus the occasional Halloween costume. We all know pets can be expensive, but who knew they were costing us so many billions?

I’m not quite sure why I’m quoting these figures at you. I guess I thought you would find them kind of interesting. But if you don’t, sorry.



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