The love of dog has unleashed a pack of B.C. businesses providing everything from health boosters to gourmet treats for man's best friend
B.C. has gone to the dogs, and that's a good thing for local businesses
Pets are popular, with dogs and cats fighting for top spot. There are more feline than canine companions overall—8.8 million cats versus 7.6 million dogs—animal and agriculture market research firm Kynetec found in a 2016 survey for the Canadian Animal Health Institute. On the other hand, 41 per cent of Canadian households have at least one dog, compared to just 37 per cent with at least one cat.
Whatever species they favour, people increasingly tend to humanize their pets, according to the 2015 Canadian Pet Market Outlook. The result is such strong growth in sales of pet food and non-medical services that the Canadian market should reach $9.2 billion by 2019. B.C. businesses are eager to get a bite.