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Introduction to Small Animal Care

TABLE 1-1 United States Pet Ownership-The Percentage and Number of Pet-Owning Households and Pet Population
Estimates, December 31, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011
Percentage of
Households
(%)

Number of
Households
(Millions)

Average (Mean)
Number Owned per
Household

Total Population
(Millions)

1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011 1991 1996 2001 2006 2011
Dogs

36.5 31.6 36.1 37.2 36.5 34.6 31.2 37.8 43.0 43.3 1.52 1.69

1.6

1.7

1.6

52.5 52.9 61.6 72.0 69.9

Cats

30.9 27.3 31.6 32.4 30.4 29.2 27.0 33.2 37.5 36.1 1.95 2.19

2.1

2.2

2.1

27.0 59.1 70.8 81.7 74.1
11.0 12.6 10.1 11.2

Birds

5.7

4.6

4.6

3.9

3.1

5.4

4.6

4.8

4.5

3.7 2.16 2.74

2.1

2.5

2.3

Horses

2.0

1.5

1.7

1.8

1.5

1.9

1.5

1.5

2.1

1.8 2.54 2.67

2.9

3.5

2.7

4.9

4.0

5.1

8.3

7.3

4.9

Source: Statistics obtained from "U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook," Center for Management, American Veterinary Medical Association, 1991, 1996,
2001, 2006, and 2011.

TABLE 1-2 United States Pet Ownership-The Number of Specialty and Exotic Pet-Owning Households and Pet Population
Estimates, December 31, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011
Type of Pet

Number of Pets Per Household

Number of Households (1,000)

Population of Pets (1,000)

1996

2001

2006

2011

1996

2001

2006

2011

1996

2001

2006

2011

Fish

8.92

7.70

8.4

7.5

6,228

6,396

9,036

7,738

55,554

49,251

75,898

57,750

Ferrets

2.00

2.10

2.10

2.2

395

472

505

334

791

991

1,060

748

Rabbits

2.63

2.70

3.3

2.3

1,878

1,783

1,870

1,408

4,940

4,813

6,171

3,210

Hamsters

1.86

1.20

1.5

1.3

1,008

734

826

877

1,876

881

1,239

1,146

Guinea Pigs

1.87

1.20

1.6

1.6

583

524

628

847

1,091

629

1,004

1.362

Gerbils

2.76

1.90

2.3

2.0

277

168

187

234

764

319

431

468

Other rodents

2.42

2.50

2.1

2.2

435

315

452

391

1,053

786

949

868

Turtles

1.78

1.70

1.8

1.7

534

629

1,106

1,220

950

1,070

1,991

2,297

Snakes

4.14

2.10

1.5

2.1

217

315

390

555

900

661

586

1,150

Lizards

1.55

1.30

1.5

1.5

455

419

719

726

705

545

1,078

1,119

Other reptiles

2.75

1.90

2.9

2.0

336

315

69

365

924

598

199

732

Poultry*

13.16

9.19

10.7

12.7

336

315

464

1,020

4,423

2,894

4,966

12,591

Livestock

11.61

5.60

15.1

7.6

524

524

728

661

6,083

2,936

10,995

5,045

All others

3.26

2.40

3.1

3.6

376

839

1,182

246

1,225

2,013

3,664

898

*Prior to 2011, Poultry was listed as "other birds."
Source: Information obtained from "U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Source-book," Center for Information Management, American Veterinary Medical
Association, 1997, 2001, 2006, and 2011.

The American Pet Products Association, Inc. (APPA), listed total U.S. pet
industry expenditures at $53.33 billion in 2012. This is up from $38.5 billion
in 2006, an increase of 38.5 percent. The breakdown of the $53.33 billion is
as follows: food-$20.64 billion; veterinary care-$13.67 billion; supplies and
over-the-counter medicines-$12.65 billion; live animal purchases-$2.21 billion;
and pet services such as grooming and boarding-$4.16 billion. Estimates by
the APPA for 2013 are expenditures of $55.53 billion.3



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