CHICAGO ( TheStreet) -- If dogs are man's best friend, then it's only right that they get the V.I.P treatment. After all, you're not going to skimp on your closest pal's quality of life, are you?It's that kind of thinking that has spurred steady growth in the pet industry. According to a recent survey by the American Pet Products Association, 62% of American households own at least one pet. Last year $48 billion was spent on pets, a figure that includes food, veterinarian visits, toys, grooming supplies, doggie day care and other services.
|While large chain stores dominate pet food sales, the growing pet services sector is largely a small-business stronghold.|
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