Inflation: unexpected additional costs for pet owners

Inflation also affects pet owners who face increases of 5 to 10% for food, unforeseen expenses for many.

“I don’t think there is any product that hasn’t seen an increase,” said the owner of the Le Jardin des Animaux pet store in Sherbrooke, Isabelle Arguin.

This pet shop is subject to continual and regular price changes from its suppliers. “A company can normally raise its price once a year or every 18 months. There, we have suppliers who have increased four times in the last 12 months, ”she lamented.

These price changes cause headaches for employees who must continually make various computer changes in the system. “It’s really a workload that is quite high,” described the owner.

On the side of the Society for the Protection of Animals in Estrie, there are 200 more admissions compared to last year.

During the pandemic, the various shelters recorded an impressive number of adoptions. A phenomenon that seems to be the opposite today. “Many people have adopted without being prepared for the education of an animal,” said the spokesperson for the SPA Estrie, Alexane Bégin.

“People don’t take the time to analyze the cost of an animal over a 15-year period. It can surprisingly represent several thousand dollars over a year and over a lifetime, it is sometimes tens of thousands of dollars, ”added the spokesperson for the Association of Veterinary Physicians of Quebec, Michel Pépin.

With the return to normal life, many owners are coming back to reality, leaving many pets to fend for themselves. A situation that could worsen in the coming months.

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