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Pet Spending Heaviest for Food, Health Care

Jackie Brown  |  Oct 25th 2019

LendEDU, a website that helps consumers learn about and compare financial products, recently surveyed 1,000 American pet owners about their pet spending. When asked to estimate how much they spend each month on their pet for monthly health care costs, such as pet insurance, food, toys and accessories, dog owners averaged $157.39. Food and health care made up the bulk of monthly spending, with pet food averaging 55% and veterinary costs, health costs and pet insurance costs averaging 24%. A whopping 20% of survey respondents said that they have gone into debt caring for their pet.

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About the author

Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: Making Sense of Animal Phrases (Lumina Press, 2006). Jackie is a regular contributor to pet and veterinary industry media and is the former editor of numerous pet magazines, including Dog World, Natural Dog, Puppies 101, Kittens 101 and the Popular Cats Series. Prior to starting her career in publishing, Jackie spent eight years working in veterinary hospitals where she assisted veterinarians as they treated dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, reptiles, birds and one memorable lion cub. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons and miniature poodle Jäger. Reach her at jackiebrownwriter.wordpress.com.


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