Americans shared whether a recent spike in pet food prices has affected them and whether the price could ever get so high that they would consider giving up their pets.
“Yeah, I’ve definitely experienced that,” Isabella, a college student from Austin, told Fox News. She said if the total cost ever got unmanageable, like up to $400 a month, she would have to “really reconsider owning a dog.”
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“I recently switched my dog to a different brand of pet food,” she said. “I buy my food from Chewy – the prices are usually great – but even those have gone up.”
Phil, from Austin, said he recently noticed a price increase on specialty pet treats. But he told Fox News that he “wouldn’t give her up for anything.”
“I haven’t seen pet food go up, but pet treats have gone up,” the dog owner said. “The treats we get — the special treats, the jerkies, things like that — have gone up.”
Pet Food Prices in America inflated 15.1% year-on-year in January according to the latest data from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
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Victoria, from Austin, said she might have to consider giving up her cat if pet food became too expensive.
“If it’s more than $50 or $100 a month for groceries, that would be pretty high,” she told Fox News. “As long as it’s not outrageous, I think I’m fine with paying a little more for the food.”
Headline inflation rose 0.5% from December to January, up 6.4% from a year earlier, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.
Still, some owners said they would do anything to keep their pets.
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“There’s no amount that would make me want to get rid of them,” Phil told Fox News.
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