Pet Industry Market Size & Ownership Statistics
U.S. Pet Industry Spending Figures & Future Outlook
The following spending statistics are gathered by APPA from various market reseach sources and are not included in the organization's bi-annual National Pet Owners Survey.
Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures
Year Billions of dollars
2016 $62.75 Estimated
2015 $60.28 Actual|
Actual Sales within the U.S. Market in 2015
In 2015, $60.28 billion was spent on our pets in the U.S.
Food $23.05 billion
Supplies/OTC Medicine $14.28 billion
Vet Care $15.42 billion
Live animal purchases $2.12 billion
Pet Services: grooming & boarding $5.41 billion
Estimated 2016 Sales within the U.S. Market
For 2016, it estimated that $62.75 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.
Food $24.01 billion
Supplies/OTC Medicine $14.98 billion
Vet Care $15.92 billion
Live animal purchases $2.11 billion
Other Services $5.73 billion
Data sources and notes
1. Food total is based on PFI research consultant Davenport Co, Packaged Facts Pet Food in the U.S. 2013-2018, and petfoodindustry.com 2015 Industry Report, and Euromonitor International Pet Care in the US.
2. Supplies based on APPA historical, BCC Research-The Pet Industry, Fountain Agricounsel 2014-2015 Situation Analysis, Pet Product News, Packaged Facts Pet Supplies in the US 2015, IBISWorld Industry Report Pet Stores in the US and Cleveland Research 2015 Forecast.
3. Veterinary care includes routine vet care and is based on AVMA, Newsweek, Brakke Consulting, Bain & Co, Fountain Agricounsel 2015 Situation Analysis Report and Packaged Facts Pet Supplies in the US 2015.
4. Live Animal purchases based on APPA, AVMA, Barron's Research, Fountain Agricounsel, Packaged Facts Pet Population and Ownership Trends and Euromonitor estimates.
5. Other Services based on Packaged Facts, LA Times, APPA State of the Industry Report, Newsweek, Dillon Media Trends Report, IBISWorld and Smallbiztrends.com data.
6. Other Services include grooming, boarding, training, pet sitting, pet exercise, miscellaneous.
7. Pet insurance figures are included in Veterinary Care.
2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Statistics: Pet Ownership & Annual Expenses
- According to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 79.7 millions homes
- In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet.
Breakdown of pet ownership in the U.S. according to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey
Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)
Freshwater Fish 12.3
Saltwater Fish 1.3
Small Animal 5.4
Total Number of Pets Owned in the U.S. (millions)
Freshwater Fish 95.5
Saltwater Fish 9.5
Small Animal 12.4
Basic Annual Expenses
The section serves as a benchmark and the dollar amounts for the categories listed should not be added to report total spending in the prior 12 months. It reports an approximate dollar amount based on consumer recollection of their spending in the prior 12 months. The list is not inclusive of all items possibly purchased, as some items fall into “other” expenses and are not reported here. As such, the dollar amounts should not be added to report total spending in the prior 12 months.
According to the 2015-2016 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, some of the basic annual expenses for dog and cat owners in dollars include:
Surgical Vet Visits $551 $398
Routine Vet $235 $196
Food $269 $246
Food Treats $61 $51
Kennel Boarding $333 $130
Vitamins $62 $33
Groomer/Grooming Aids $83 $43
Toys $47 $28
**Note: APPA does not ask Survey Participants how much in total they spend on their dog or cats annually. The expenses listed above are not all inclusive and each category was asked separately of the survey participant.