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October 2008 Issue

The Rising Cost of Pet Food

The economy has been tough on all of us, but pet owners face an additional challenge. Here's some help for those who need it.

Itís no secret that gas prices are on the rise. So is just about everything else, including pet food. The U.S. Bureau of Laborís Consumer Price Index reports that pet food prices for the second quarter of 2008 rose by eight to nine percent. While thatís not as much of an increase as milk or gasoline, consumers are still seeing the most significant price increase in pet food in years. What gives? "If you look at the rising cost of pet foods, itís all because of the cost of grains," says Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, assistant professor of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine. "All of the grains such as corn and rice that are used to make pet food have gone up in price, so pet food prices had to rise as well. And that cost has to be passed on to the consumer." Pet owners like Teri Grohl have noticed. Grohl, an administrative assistant for a high-tech company, spent a portion of her $600 stimulus check on food and cat litter for her three cats, ages 12, six and two.

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