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 biennial National Pet Owners Survey.    

Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures

Year                 Billions of dollars

2019                 $75.38 Estimated
2018                 $72.56 Actual
2017                 $69.51 
2016                 $66.75 
2015                 $60.28 
2014                 $58.04 
2013                 $55.72 
2012                 $53.33
2011                 $50.96 
2010                 $48.35 
2009                 $45.53
2008                 $43.2
2007                 $41.2
2006                 $38.5 
2005                 $36.3
2004                 $34.4
2003                 $32.4
2002                 $29.6
2001                 $28.5
1998                 $23
1996                 $21
1994                 $17   

Actual Sales within the U.S. Market in 2018

In 2018, $72.56 billion was spent on our pets in the U.S. 

Food                                                              $30.32 billion 
Supplies/OTC Medicine                           $16.01 billion
Vet Care                                                        $18.11 billion
Live animal purchases                              $2.01 billion
Other Services                                           $6.11 billion  


Estimated 2019 Sales within the U.S. Market

For 2019, it estimated that $75.38 billion will be spent on our pets in the U.S.

Estimated Breakdown:                                          
Food                                                               $31.68 billion 
Supplies/OTC Medicine                           $16.44 billion
Vet Care                                                        $18.98 billion
Live animal purchases                              $1.97 billion
Other Services                                           $6.31 billion 


Data sources and notes 

1. Food total is based on PFI research consultant Davenport Co, Packaged Facts U.S. Market Outlook 2018-2020, 2018 Industry Report, and Euromonitor International Pet Care in the US plus new information generated by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (US BLS) and Simmons Research.

2. Supplies based on APPA historical, BCC Research-The Pet Industry, SNIPP Industry Trends 2017, Pet Product News, Grocery Business 2018 Nonfoods Report Packaged Facts Pet Supplies in the US 2017-2019, IBISWorld Industry Report Pet Stores in the US and GPS for Pet Businesses 2017/2018 update.

3. Veterinary care includes routine vet care and is based on AVMA, Newsweek, Brakke Consulting, Bain & Co, Fountain Agricounsel 2018 Situation Analysis Report and Packaged Facts Pet Supplies in the US 2017-2018.

4. Live Animal purchases based on APPA, AVMA, Fountain Agricounsel, Packaged Facts Pet Population and Ownership Trends and Euromonitor estimates. 

5. Other Services based on Packaged Facts, Euromonitor, APPA State of the Industry Report, the balance 5 Hot Trends in the Pet Industry, and IBISWorld. 

6. Other Services include grooming, boarding, training, pet sitting, pet exercise, pet walking, miscellaneous.

7. Pet insurance figures are included in Veterinary Care                                                                                                                                                                 

Historical Spending

Click here to download data from 1996-2019.                                                                                          


2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Statistics: Pet Ownership & Annual Expenses  

According to the 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 67% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 84.9 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 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey

Number of U.S. Households that Own a Pet (millions)

Bird                                 5.7
Cat                                  42.7
Dog                                63.4
Horse                             1.6
Freshwater Fish         11.5
Saltwater Fish             1.6
Reptile                          4.5
Small Animal               5.4


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 2019-2020 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, some of the basic annual expenses for dog and cat owners in dollars include: 

                                                      Dogs     Cats    
Surgical Vet Visits                   $426     $214
Routine Vet                               $212     $160      
Food                                             $259     $228       
Food Treats                                $76       $58
Kennel Boarding                      $229     $120 
Vitamins                                      $58       $54
Groomer/Grooming Aids       $73       $43
Toys                                               $48       $31  

**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.