With pets being treated like family, businesses aim to meet new needs

About 65 million households nationwide are now proud owners of a furry canine companion, while 46 million households have a lovable feline friend. Millennials are at the forefront of this pet ownership trend, making up the highest percentage of pet owners among all age groups.

One in four pet owners refer to their beloved animals as their “child,” signaling a larger shift in the dynamics of modern families. As the United States witnesses a sharp decline in the birth rate, pets are increasingly becoming valued members of households, providing companionship and emotional support for their human parents.

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