Economic impact on our animals - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Economic impact on our animals

Zeny Walker Zeny Walker

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Pets are a big part of many families. But has our slowing economy put spending for animals in the doghouse?

These tough economic times have more bark and less bite when it comes to retail pet product sales.

"People see pets as an extension of their family, so just because there are tight economic times, it doesn't mean you aren't going to go to the grocery store and buy food for your children or buy toys fro your children. People really see pets as their children," said Jennifer Pang, with the Ward Pet Spot.

Plenty of pet lovers are still shopping for everything from chew toys to animal clothing and carriers. While some may feel toys and treats are expenses that can be cut during difficult economic times, they are important to animals.

"Its very important to give your animals toys and treats because they can get bored. Giving them a new toy is something they can chew on, play with and gives them something to do," added Pang.

Some pet owners though are trying to get a leash on spending, and while they haven't cut things out completely, they have cut back.

"Before I used to buy him three treats now I get him just one, to minimize the buying," said Ewa Beach resident, Zeny Walker.

That is just one tip for saving money on pet spending.

Experts also advise you to shop around for the best prices for items you end up buying. Or go for smaller or less expensive toys.

Animals will still appreciate the gift and you'll feel good about giving, while saving money.

If you are thinking about a pet, its a good idea to plan for the cost of care and upkeep of your animal. Make sure you pick an animal you can afford. Pets like rabbits and guinea pigs are low maintenance and much less costly than pure bred dogs.

Powered by Frankly