Tampa Bay small businesses that sell products or services to pet owners should sit up and take notice. Local consumers will spend $753,000,000 this year on behalf of Fido and Fluffy. This amount has increased 323% since 1994, with no sign of letting up.
According to the American Pet Products Association, here's how local spending on furry companions breaks down:
- Food: $301,527,000
- Supplies/OTC Medicine: $161,795,000
- Vet Care: $183,858,000
- Live Pet Purchases: $22,062,000
- Other Services: $66,188,000
The biggest month for sales of pet-related products and services in Tampa Bay is, by far, December. That is when 10.5% of all annual spending happens in this category.