Four legs, bil­lions of dol­lars

Los Angeles Times - - THE PETS ISSUE - By Adam Tschorn

Ac­cord­ing to the 2015-16 Amer­i­can Pet Prod­ucts Assn. Na­tional Pet Own­ers Sur­vey, 54.4% of all U.S. house­holds own a dog, and 42.9% are home to a cat. There are 85.8 mil­lion cats in the U.S. ver­sus 77.8 mil­lion dogs — but fresh­wa­ter fish swim to the top of the list with a head count of 95.5 mil­lion.

Amer­i­cans will spend an es­ti­mated

$60.59 bil­lion on their pets in 2015, up from $58.04 bil­lion in 2014.

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club, the Labrador re­triever ranked as the most pop­u­lar dog breed in the U.S. in 2014.

In 2014, the most pop­u­lar AKC-reg­is­tered breed in Los An­ge­les was the


The Cat Fanciers’ Assn. re­ports that the ex­otic breed (a.k.a. the ex­otic short­hair, a short-haired ver­sion of the Per­sian) topped the pop­u­lar­ity list for reg­is­tered pure­breds in 2014, though the Per­sian ranks as the most pop­u­lar breed in Cal­i­for­nia. The city of Los An­ge­les is home to 120,000 to 125,000 li­censed dogs.

From July 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, city of Los An­ge­les An­i­mal Ser­vices and the Los An­ge­les County Depart­ment of An­i­mal Care and Con­trol took cus­tody of a com­bined 32,444 cats and 48,225 dogs. Of that num­ber, 19,289 cats and 9,395 dogs were eu­th­a­nized.

In 2014, we spent $15.04 bil­lion on vet­eri­nary care na­tion­wide and $22.26 bil­lion for pet food. Es­ti­mates for 2015 are $15.73 bil­lion and $23.04 bil­lion, re­spec­tively. Cal­i­for­nia is home to 9,323 li­censed vet­eri­nar­i­ans. Los An­ge­les County is the most vet-heavy with 1,610; Sierra County has one. Cal­i­for­nia is home to more holis­tic vet­eri­nar­i­ans than any other state — 101 ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Holis­tic Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal Assn.’s data­base. The greater Los An­ge­les area (which in­cludes Los An­ge­les and Or­ange coun­ties) was the “dog bite cap­i­tal of the na­tion” last year, ac­cord­ing to U.S. Postal Ser­vice sta­tis­tics, with 416 postal work­ers at­tacked on the job in 2014. Sources: Amer­i­can Pet Prod­ucts Assn., Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club, Cat Fanciers’ Assn., city of Los An­ge­les, county of Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal Board, Amer­i­can Holis­tic Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal Assn.

Si­mon Lees Pho­toPlus Mag­a­zine via Getty Im­ages

LABRADORS were the most pop­u­lar breed in the U.S. in 2014.

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