The Dog Maxed Out My Credit Card, Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2011
Says spending on routine doctor visits has ballooned in the last decade:
- Dogs: Up 47%
- Cats: Up 73%
- People: Up 76.7%
"The average household in the U.S. spent $655 on routine doctor and surgical visits for dogs last year."That doesn't include costs for grooming, food, drugs, insurance, and other items like training, beds, houses, clothing, toys, and exercise equipment.
"When asked how much they'd spend to save their pet's life, 70% of owners said "any amount," according to a 2006 survey of 5,200 [Veterinary Pet Insurance Co.] policyholders.""Any amount." That brings me to the question of pet diet. If we discover that, say, there's a lot of arsenic in chicken, should we be rationing the amount of chicken we feed to pets? Maybe opt for the lower-arsenic organic bird?
From what I've seen, pet food in this country is of such poor quality and questionable safety, the garbage restaurants throw out at the end of the day probably has more nutrition, if not better taste. Although I can't speak for pets.
It's an extremely profitable business, pet food. Can you imagine paying pennies for the floor sweepings of factory-farmed poultry houses, mixing it with a few vitamins, sashaying through regulation loopholes, and charging premium prices? Perhaps we should Occupy pet food manufacturers.