Barking Mad clarification

In Barking Mad, we reported a 90 per cent increase in pet care costs. The information was sourced from a government report on veterinary costs citing Statistics Canada. In response to your questions, we asked Stats Canada to run the numbers again and provide more detail.

Here’s what they tell us:

"The average expenditure per household reporting for veterinarian and other services (including kenneling, boarding and other pet related services)  was $264 in 1997 and $587 in 2009 (increase of 122%)."


They also say, "Pet food" and "Purchase of pets and related pet goods" are not included with "Veterinarian and other services."