Inflation: kibble, veterinarian… here are the highest increases for dogs and cats

Keeping an animal costs more with inflation (©Adobe Stock)

It’s not just your food prices that will go up. in your animals too. And the slate is salty. According to the data found on the website of the Ministry of the Economy, the average annual budget will be about 500 euros for a cat and 800 euros for a dog. Just for food. And that seems to be lacking in reality in recent months.

According to a survey conducted online by Harris Interactive (1), from November 2 to 4, 2021, the fee at that time was 1,535 euros, including all costs, for a dog and 1,198 euros for a cat. And it is of course food that is the biggest expense (before hygiene and health, toys and accessories, health insurance and childcare costs). And for several months, while France finds itself in a period of record inflation, it is still rising.

An increase of almost 9% on the shelves of supermarkets

“We have seen a price increase of around 8.8% a year in dog and cat food on the shelves”, notes, in balita.frMyriam Qadi, managing NielsenIQ studies, is the reference panelist on supermarket sales.

A (very) significant increase due to the increase in the price of energy, transport, packaging and cereals that also goes to the food composition, where there may be supply tensions.

FACCO, the Federation of Food Manufacturers for Dogs, Cats, Birds and Other Pets estimates that more than 95% of kibble-based food for dogs and cats is added to it for 55% of boxes, 34% of treats, and about 16% of table scraps), in other words, your pet’s food budget takes up space.

15 million cats, 7.5 million dogs in France

The animal most often owned by the French is fish (more than 30 million individuals), followed by cats (15 million) and dogs (7.5 million). The cat population is increasing (14.2 million in 2018, and 15.1 million in 2020) while the dog population remains stable. Nearly one in three households in France owns a cat and one in five owns a dog.
To buy food, pet owners usually go to supermarkets (more than half of sales are made there), according to the Ministry of the Economy, then to specialized channels (veterinarians, pet stores, garden centers, etc.) or turn to online shopping. Online pet food sales are experiencing very rapid growth.

Veterinarian prices vary by city

Another increase in recent months: the prices of veterinary procedures and this is undoubtedly the most worrying. If the animals have uncontrollable costs, should be affected by inflation, the associations and veterinarians are more concerned that the individuals with the lowest income will start to cut the quality of the kibble or doubt the relevance of the specific care, even leaving their animals.

To date, the 30 Million Friends Foundation has not observed any withdrawals used due to inflation. In the same way, he has not yet realized that the current economic situation has an influence on applications for adoption. On the other hand, the legal department received more reports due to the lack of care (neglect) where the people concerned invoked the economic context to justify the lack of identification, updating of vaccination or -veterinary care to be performed (including surgery)

The 30 Million Friends Foundation

The Mammoth Unleashed, a site that provides information and advice for pet owners, examines the prices of the 2022 barometer (2). Results of the investigation? The prices of the main veterinary procedures increased by 2.32% between 2021 and 2022, and this average hides strong differences depending on the city.

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Vaccination is the action that recorded the highest increase with an average increase of 3%. In general, the costs related to the first year of a cat’s life are 440 euros, calculated The Mammoth Unleashed (quantity based on five actions: consultation, sterilization, vaccination, vaccination reminder and identification by chip). They go up to 660 euros for a small dog, chihuahua type, and 742 euros for a large dog, labrador type.

But these prices vary depending on the city. The average price for a simple consultation is 38 euros in the country, but from 20 to 85 euros depending on the companies studied. In the question, in addition to the fact that the veterinary prices are free, the increase in the price of medicines and the revaluation of 3%, on July 1, 2022, in the indices of the grid of non-veterinary employees of those clinic.

(1) Survey conducted online by Harris Interactive from November 2 to 4, 2021. Sample of 1015 people, representative of French people aged 18 and over.

(2) 2,105 veterinary practices and clinics in 95 French departments were interviewed by telephone from April 19 to May 4, 2022 anonymously.

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