Southwest Florida small businesses that sell products or services to pet owners should sit up and take notice. Local consumers will spend $268,247,000 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 spending on furry companions breaks down:
- Food: $109,981,000
- Supplies/OTC Medicine: $59,014,000
- Vet Care: $67,061,000
- Live Pet Purchases: $8.047,000
- Other Services: $24,142,000
The biggest month for sales of pet-related products and services in SWFL is, by far, December. That is when 10.5% of all annual spending happens in this category.