In Canada, the average annual cost for caring for a dog amounts to around 3,235 Canadian dollars, with the largest expense being dog food. A dog owner in Canada can expect to spend nearly 1,000 Canadian dollars for each dog in a year. Caring for a cat is significantly less expensive, at around 2,000 Canadian dollars annually, with about 400 dollars being spent on food.
In addition to being home to the largest number of pet supply stores in Canada, Ontario also has the most animal food manufacturing establishments, at 129 locations as of December 2016. Canada also has a substantial pet food export market, valued at around half a million U.S. dollars in 2017. The United States and Russia account for the vast majority of the Canadian pet food export market.
The average Canadian household spends approximately 650 Canadian dollars on pet expenses, with about 61 percent of Canadian consumers owning a pet of some kind. A 2018 survey found that about 43 percent of Canadian pet owners would be willing to pay more for healthy pet food.