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Pet Services* Industry Offers Proof That Pet Care Careers and Services Are In Demand

Good news! Demand for services in the pet services industry is higher than ever, according to research from a leading pet industry organization.

Spending on pet care services and products is at an all-time high, according to the industry's American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA). If you need proof that a business or career in the pet services industry can be a profitable choice for you, consider the following:

The APPMA released figures in April of 2004 proving that, at least in America, our passion for pets is more than just puppy love. While other industries suffer during weak economies, spending on pets and pet care services has doubled from $17 billion in 1994 to a projected $34.3 billion for 2004 - a 100 percent growth in the pet services industry.

To put that in perspective - that makes pet industry spending 60 percent larger than the toy industry ($20 billion) and 33 percent larger than the candy industry ($24 billion).

Bob Vetere, APPMA COO and managing director, explains "As more and more people consider and treat pets like children, they're purchasing pet products and pet services that you wouldn't have typically seen our grandparents buying for their pets."

In 2004, Americans' spending on pet services and products is projected to be higher than ever:

  • $14.3 billion for food
  • $7.9 billion for supplies and O-T-C medications
  • $8.3 billion for veterinarian care
  • $1.6 billion for live animal purchases
  • $2.2 billion for other services
Pet spending does not appear to be slowing. "I don't foresee people's attitude toward their pets changing anytime soon," said Vetere. "They'll continue to buy pet products and services, which makes for happy manufacturers, retailers and of course, the furry, finned, and four-legged end consumers."

What does that mean for you? It means that a business, franchise or career in the pet care services industry could be a perfect choice for you!

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