LAKE NONA, Fla. – Sixty-nine million households in the U.S. own at least one dog, according to the APPA (American Pet Products Association) National Pet Owners Survey. That makes pups the most widely owned type of pet in the nation.
Business is booming in the pet industry, dog moms and dads spoiling their pups, spending more than $1,300 a year on expenses.
- The value of the pet industry in the US reached nearly $109.6 billion in 2021.
- Average annual expenses for a pet dog amount to about $1,380.
- Dogs are the biggest influence driving first-home purchases among millennials.
- More than half of millennial pet owners buy their pets gifts at least once a month.
- Forty-five percent of American pet owners spend the same amount of money or more on their pets’ healthcare as they do on their own.
- One in 10 American pet owners is putting off having kids or more children because of pet expenses.
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A dunk in the pool, a day at the salon and restful night on a soft bed sounds great, right?
What if those amenities were offered to your pet?
Pet Paradise Resort and Day Spa is a one-stop-shop destination for pets offering day camps, overnight boarding, grooming and vet services for dogs and cats. Pet Paradise launched in 2002 in St. Augustine, Florida and has expanded to now 50 locations across the U.S. The pandemic only growing the demand. Pet Paradise opened its newest location in Lake Nona.
“We know that during the pandemic, over 23 million households adopted pets so there’s not only a huge demand for pets who need a place to go, but the world’s changed. Pet parents have higher demand and expectations,” Pet Paradise VP of Operations Jason Duffy said.
Giving pets a vacation-like experience when their owners are away from home.
From indoor-outdoor private rooms to VIP suites with a bed, ceiling fan and TV.
“I prefer resort-like, I don’t know if Bougie’s the word,” Duffy said.
The most recognizable feature at each Pet Paradise Resort is the bone-shaped pool. There are also several play areas throughout the property, outdoor and indoor.
“We know that socialization in pets is good for quality of life. It also teaches your dog to play well with other dogs and socialize with people,” Duffy said. “Whether it’s age or temperament or what they like to do, we’ll separate the dogs out so they’re playing in the most ideal atmosphere.”
For added peace of mind, the resorts also have web cameras available 24/7 so pet parents can check on their fur-babies while they’re away.
Pet Paradise also gives back to the communities they’re in. During Lake Nona’s grand opening, Pet Paradise donated $5,000 to Nemours Children Hospital.
Pet Paradise grooming and veterinary services are stand-alone so you don’t have to be boarding to use the services.