Trade association says Americans spent $56 billion on pets in 2013; food consumes the most

  • by: SUE MANNING , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 13, 2014 - 4:10 PM

LOS ANGELES — Dogs and cats have become part of the American family's inner circle over the past 20 years, sleeping in their own beds or yours, eating food bought specially to help their digestive tracts, drinking purified water and cuddling up in chairs on heated pads made to fend off arthritis.

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