The Spanish bought more pets in 2019 and adopted less in relation with the previous year and half of the pet owners admit to having paid for at least one of them, according to the Annual Study on Pets in Spain made public this Thursday by the company Tiendanimal.
The data collected from more than 2,400 surveys show that adoptions accounted for 49 percent of total pets acquired in 2019 by the Spanish, compared to 53 percent in 2018, while purchases accounted for 50 percent of the total in 2019, compared to 31 percent a year earlier.
The report details that between 2017 and 2019 there has been an increase of more than seven points in the economic amount for the care of pets, from 1,198 euros per pet per year to 1,282, an increase of 7.3 percent.
Of that figure, 839 euros correspond to food costs, 90 to accessories and toys and 352 to veterinary expenses, a fact that consolidates the trend towards the specialization of the pet market and the growing concern for their well-being.
Dogs remain the main pet in Spain, with a penetration of almost 90 percent among the owners interviewed and with a slight increase in the number of animals on average per household, from 1.4 dogs in 2018 to 1.8 in 2019, and mestizos remain the favorites versus race.
The report also reflects an increase in owners’ interest in the quality of products and services directed at their pets rather than other considerations. Like the price or the brand.
However, there is a decrease in veterinary expenditure, which in 2018 stood at 354 euros per year on average and in 2019 it has remained at 352, while 5 percent of respondents acknowledge that they have never taken their pet to the veterinarian.
Finally, 45 percent of the interviewees – the same percentage as in 2018 – acknowledge that they collaborate with at least one animal protection association in Spain, mainly through actions in social networks or the timely donation of money or product.