Pet Spending and More Data on Pets


According to new data from Mosquito Joe,  providing mosquito, tick, and flea control treatment to residential and commercial customers residents, New York State spends the most on their pets, adding up to about $2,9000 annually on food, health care and hygiene. Of nearly (but not quite) all 50 states in the survey, Kansas residents are the stingiest, spending only about $200 a year. While about everything – except for maybe barbeque – is less expensive in Kansas, that seems a low number.

Based on their survey of 1,200 people around the country:

  • Spending $1,082 on general care such as boarding and pet sitting
  • Spending $811 on pet foods
  • Spending $566 on pet insurance
  • Spending $445 on pet health (seems very low regarding veterinary care)
  • Pet hygiene $307
  • Pet toys and pet treats $305

According to Forbes using their own data and from the American Pet Products Association:

  • 66 percent of U.S. households (86.9 million homes) own at least one pet.
  • Dogs are the most popular pet in the U.S. (65.1 million U.S. households own a dog), followed by cats (46.5 million households) and freshwater fish (11.1 million households).
  • Millennials make up the largest percentage of current pet owners (33 percent), followed by Gen X (25 percent) and baby boomers (24 percent). (Of course, as boomers age, their numbers will decline)
  • In 2022, Americans spent $136.8 billion on their pets, up 10.68% from 2021 ($123.6 billion).
  • Dog owners spend an average of $730 a year on their dogs.
  • A whopping 42 percent of dog owners and 43 percent of cat owners got their pets from a store (these may be from mills or shelters – there’s no specific breakdown), while 38  of dog owners and 40 percent of cat owners got their pets from an animal shelter or rescue.
  • Households spent an average of $326 on veterinary care in 2020 (veterinary services and medication), which accounted for 33 percent of total spending on household pets.
  • Dog owners spend the most on veterinary care ($367 per year), food ($339 per year) and grooming ($99 per year).
  • Cat owners spend the most on food ($310 per year), veterinary care ($253 per year) and toys ($50 per year).

In all Americans spent $136.8 billion on their pets in 2022, up 10.68% from 2021 ($123.6 billion). This includes $58.1 billion spent on pet food and treats,$31.5 billion spent on supplies, live animals and over-the-counter medications,$35.9 billion spent on vet care and $11.4 billion spent on other services (all services outside of veterinary care such as boarding, grooming, pet insurance and training). Between 2018 and 2022, the amount spent on pets in the U.S. increased by 51.16% from $90.5 billion to $136.8 billion