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Top Pet Spending Cities in America

Where do resident spend the most on their furry friends?

By MSNLiving May 8, 2012 9:23PM
by Mike Dang, Bundle

Whether you own a dog, cat, or something with scales, being a pet owner can be expensive. A March 2012 survey by the American Pet Products Association estimates that 72.9 million homes in the U.S. own a pet, and that Americans will spend more than $52 billion this year on pet food, vet care, and grooming, among other pet-related expenses.


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Pet spending varies depending on the size and type of your furry friend. Here's what you can expect to spend on a medium size dog, according to the ASPCA:

Don't forget about the unexpected costs pet owners incur when their critters get sick. John Grogan, author of Marley and Me, says he paid $7,000 to a veterinary hospital to try to save his six-year-old Labrador, Gracie.

Some U.S. cities have a greater numbers of cat fanatics, dog devotees, lizard lovers and other domesticated family members than others. We looked at the top 100 cities in the U.S. for pet-related spending, and, according to our data (which is sourced from the U.S. government, anonymous and aggregated spending transactions from Citi, and third-party data providers), households in Scottsdale, Ariz. spend more on their pets than any other city in the U.S. — a median of $47.88 a month, nearly twice the U.S. monthly median of $23.96. In fact, four Arizona cities made it on our Top 10 list, making the Grand Canyon state the pet-friendliest in America.

10. Phoenix, Ariz.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $33.38
9. Greensboro, N.C.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $33.63
8. Dallas, Texas
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $33.63
7. Virginia Beach, Va.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $33.75
6. Nashville, Tenn.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $34.25
5. Colorado Springs, Colo.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $35.75
4. Chandler, Ariz.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $35.88
3. Tucson, Ariz.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $36.50
2. Durham, N.C.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $38.13
1. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Residents median monthly spending on pets: $47.88

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May 13, 2012 12:34AM
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Anyone that does NOT realize that this article is including the residents of these cities that DO NOT own pets, and those figures are dramatically pulling down the bottom line should not be allowed to vote!

May 13, 2012 12:07AM
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And to RD Merritt, they ARE cats and dogs! They can still be companions, but don't be rediculous.
May 13, 2012 12:03AM
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Wow! I don't know what kind of care or food these "top" cities provide for their pets. I have a lab, a shih tzu, and three cats, and I spend an average of $120 per month for their food and for flea preventative. That isn't counting treats or if one of them needs the vet. They must be feeding crap food to their pets.

May 12, 2012 11:16PM
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Similar to Pitmamaof3 my husband and I have spent over 10k in the last 6 years on our dogs.  They are very much members of our family and we don't take rescuing lightly.  Every dog we have owned has been a rescue.  We make sure they are insured, get the best food and the best vet care including holistic with acupuncture and chiropractic if necessary.   I know everyone is going to say we are crazy and over the top but that is how we choose to care for our pets.  They have all been large dogs (over 80 lbs each) and averaged a 14 yr. life span even with cancer and kidney failure.  They did not suffer and had very good lives.  I certainly don't see why we single handedly didn't put St. Louis at number 1.  LOL  
May 12, 2012 10:34PM
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I have three rescued/adopted pitties and I spend over $200/month on food and treats.  I buy Orijen 6 fish, EOS turkey pumpkin dog treats, CET chlorhexidine dog chews, organic carrots (from produce section of my local grocery store), and I'll grill a cubed steak for Sunday dinner to mix in with their kibble.  

Their medical/healthcare costs are higher too.  Between the k-9 Advantix, heartworm prevention, routine check ups, professional dental cleaning annually, different things that come up, I'm sure I spend over $2,000/year.    

Oh well... I guess that is why I work.  Love my fur-kids. :)
May 12, 2012 9:50PM
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Geez, I spend more on one bag of dog food than most people spend on any given month according to the top 10 list. I am owned by 2 dogs, 1 GSD, and 1 small Pit Bull.

One bag of Merrick dry kibble, and 2 cases of Merrick canned, plus a bag of organic pumpkin treats comes to about $130.00 a month. 

I DO take them to the vet for pedi's because neither one of them likes getting their nails cut...so $30.00 a month for two pedi's. Plus the little one is being treated for Demodex, so $39.00 a month for 5 months to treat that plus the skin scrapings. And do we want to even talk about the cost of heartworm preventative medicine? 

Holy guacamole that stuff is EXPENSIVE, but ya have to have it. So our most recent trip to the vet for boosters, 3 year rabie shot, bordatella, skin scraping, heartworm test, pedi, for the little one, and 3 months of heartworm preventative for both dogs was $259.87. (this is after we spent $130.00 for food.

Your numbers aren't even close to what it cost to PROPERLY feed and care for a companion animal.
May 12, 2012 8:47PM
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Quit calling them dogs an cats--they are our companions-friends--an love us without reserve!
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