Economic Challenges Affecting Pet Ownership
Should we be dabbing the sweat off our brows with the latest numbers showing that overall pet ownership has dropped 2.4% since 2006? After all, we are a company that has been thriving on the fact that our customers love to pamper their pets!
The American Veterinary Medical Association surveyed 50,000 households from 2006 to 2011 and found that dog ownership declined 1.9% and households with cats decreased by 6.2%, though cats still outnumber dogs.
Many believe this trend is due to the economic situation over the last five years. With increased foreclosures, many people have had to relocate into places where they may not be able to bring pets. Some people have had to surrender pets to shelters when having to decide where to cut costs.
Counting the Costs
Additionally, people are having to think more carefully about the costs of owning a pet as quality vet care hasÂ also become more expensive. Veterinarians are having to be creative to offer payment plans and remind pet lovers that preventative care is less expensive than putting off treatment for things that could develop into more seriousÂ and costly illnesses.
Bucking the Trend
We've actually been surprised how BaxterBoo.com has grownÂ since we started in a garage six years ago. We just want to take the time to thank you for being so good to us and to your pets in spite of changes in economic stability.Â Â We know you could shop elsewhere, and we appreciate your business and allowing us to be your best friend's other best friend!
With these trends in mind, I will be covering some money-saving tips for pet lovers who want to pamper their pets without draining their wallet in future posts.
What are some ways you've been able to take care of your pets without breaking the bank?
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