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In addition to food, owners should plan for maintenance costs, veterinary care, and boarding fees.

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It's not just at the grocery store that the effects of inflation are felt. Pet owners are noticing a significant increase in the cost of food and many are having to adapt their consumption habits.

The owner of the ABC Animal Center in Trois-Rivières claims to have seen a 25% price increase in two years. He adds that some high-end brands are up more than 30%.

This is a product that retailed for $89.99 two years ago. It's currently $118.99, he says, pointing to a bag of Royal Canin dog food.

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The owner of the ABC Animal Center in Trois-Rivières claims to have seen a 25% price increase in two years.

Charles Riendeau is the owner of nine dogs . Every month he spends $450 to feed his animals. He says that just a few years ago it cost him around $300.

The Trois-Rivières then opted for a mixture of raw chicken and vegetables, a less expensive alternative to croquettes.

Charles Riendeau is the owner of nine dogs. Every month, he spends $450 to feed his animals.

He is not the only one to feel the effects of rising prices.

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I think the prices have really increased. We always try to choose the most regional possible, and the most affordable too, says a client of the ABC Animal Center.

If some owners are ready to pay the top dollar to feed their animals, others have been forced to change their consumption habits.

There are clients who tell me 'that's enough' and who ask me for alternatives because their budget no longer allows them

A quote from Guy Flageole, owner of the ABC Animal Center

Guy Flageole adds that the price of the product does not necessarily determine its quality. It can be a product that is less diversified in its recipe, but which is also effective, he specifies.

L' Association of Veterinary Doctors of Quebec (AMVQ), however, warns owners wishing to save at all costs by purchasing lower quality food or donating table scraps.

In the short term, it may not be too harmful, but in the long term the animals may have health problems that will appear, so it is not necessarily a good strategy.

A quote from Michel Pépin , spokesperson, Association of Veterinary Doctors of Quebec

In addition to food, owners must plan in particular for the costs of grooming, veterinary care and childcare costs. These costs have also increased with inflation in recent years.

A recent survey by the Association of Veterinarians reveals that many owners underestimate the cost of their pet. 69% of owners estimate that it costs less than $1,000 per year for a cat, for example, but they are wrong. The total costs are much higher, affirms Michel Pépin.

The association of veterinary doctors reiterates the importance of forecasting total costs before adopting a pet.

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