2021 Economic impact of the U.S. pet sector
Total Economic Output
Pet sector contribution to annual gross domestic product
U.S. jobs are directly and indirectly linked to pets
Public revenues generated by consumer expenditures on pets from local, state and federal taxes
U.S. households spent
$93.95 billion on their pets.
Pet food, including treats, is the largest expense for most pet owners.
Americans spent $50 billion on pet food and treats.
Pet Food & Treats
Supplies, Live Animals & OTC Medicine
Vet Care & Product Sales
Pet spending and ownership statistics source: APPA
Households in the U.S. have at least one pet.
70%, or about two-thirds, of American households own some type of pet.
Americans own 186 million dogs and cats.
54% of U.S. households own of a dog and
35% own a cat.
U.S. households brought home a new pet between spring of 2019 and summer of 2021.
Featured Pet Statistic
70% of American households own at least one pet
- Freshwater Fish9%
- Small Mammal5%
- Saltwater Fish2%
State Economic Impact
The below infographics reflect 2021 data. Click a state to download its economic impact infographic.
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