Sales of dog food in 2012 reached a record Â£1 billion (US$1.49 billlion), thanks to growth in popularity of pet treats. Snacks and treats accounted for 24 percent of all dog food sales, up 6 percent from 2011 to 2012 to reach Â£239 million (US$356.48). Natural pet treats increased 8 percent over the same one-year period to reach Â£40 million (US$59.66 million).
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.