Below we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Pet Food Manufacturer's Association and the pet food industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How large is the US pet products industry?

A: The American Pet Products Association estimates total US expenditures in 2010 at $47.7 Billion. A breakdown of this figure reveals that roughly $18.28 Billion is spent on pet food, $11.01 Billion is spent on supplies and over-the-counter medicine, $12.04 Billion is spent on veterinary care and $3.36 is spent on pet services like grooming and boarding.

Q: How many US households include a pet?

A: According to the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 71.4 million US homes have at least one pet. This translates to 62% of households. When the National Pet Owners Survey was first conducted in 1988, findings showed that only 56% of households had one or more pets.

Q: I am considering the option of feeding my pet homemade meals. Is there anything I should consider?

A: The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) does not recommend that even the most well-intentioned pet owner should attempt to cook their pet meals because their dietary needs are often hard to manage. The dietary needs of animals are much different from those of humans and dietary requirements differ even between dogs and cats. If homemade pet foods are raw or cooked incorrectly the risk is high of bacterial contamination from microorganisms like salmonella and E. coli.

Q: What are some ways that pet food businesses are stimulating growth in this time of national recession?

A: Businesses are changing aspects about their manufacturing process in order to provide consumers with the lowest available price. However, competitive pricing often means that manufacturers have to reduce the staff, stop new product development and adopt an adverse attitude towards risk. Despite difficulties that come with the recession, there are always opportunities to be pursued and markets for particular consumer products and services. Performing research on the customer's needs, problems and concerns is key in developing a new pet food product.


Pet Health Check


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