I am an animal lover, and probably would do anything for my dog, but there are items that my wife and I clearly waste money on. Upgrading to the oatmeal bath at the groomer or always buying a toy or stuffed animal could probably easily be avoided. Pet industry spending is at an all-time high. According to the American Pet Products Association, it is estimated that $60.59 billion will be spent on our pets, compared to $36.3 billion in 2005. Of this total 25% is vet care, which obviously I’m not trying to skimp on, but there are things that we could cut back on.
If it did not say “dog bakery” on the sign, you could not tell this was only for dogs, as it features oven baked all natural dog treats that resemble cakes, donuts, hamburgers, or the always popular ice cream. We enjoy supporting local business in our small downtown, but every time we come in and purchase a bag full of treats for $3 each, I’m thinking is this really necessary when we have boxes full of milk bones at home.
My wife would probably dress our cockapoo for all of the four seasons if she could, so it’s a constant battle in our house that I refuse to stand down on. Customized collars, sweaters in the winter, Halloween costumes, I’m sure you’ve seen all kinds, but the fact is, it looks ridiculous and it’s a complete waste of money.
No one wants to put their pet in a kennel, and neither would I. We are fortunate to have many family and friends available that would watch our dog if we were out of town, but the new advertised luxury pet boarding that feature a spa, suites, and premium meals is a little extreme. If you’re caring for our animal while we’re away by giving bathroom breaks, playing, feeding, there’s no “luxury” other than the premium pricing you are paying.
We do spoil our dog, that’s a given. Our dog is a member of our family and we want the very best for her. Friends have said that she doesn’t get along with other dogs because we treat her like a person, so obviously there are some areas we could cut back on. We do it because it’s fun, the simple pleasures in life, but who am I kidding, we will always spoil her, adding to the growing pet spending statistics.