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Can we say it all together? Four-legged friendly! Four-legged friendly! Four-legged friendly! If you haven’t caught the wave yet, get ready for the rush. The pet wash industry is soaring.
One year ago the pet wash industry was just awakening, just starting to make its’ mark. Today we are noticing that the simple novelty of a pet wash has morphed into a bonafide industry of its’ own. It really isn’t a wonder though. According to the American Pet Products Association it is estimated that Americans will spend $55.53 billion on their pets this year with $4.54 billion allocated to grooming alone. I had to whip out my trusty calculator and calculate APPA’s numbers for myself. The result? The pet industry has increased over $38.5 billion in less than twenty years. That is a whole lot of quarters. Way more quarters than the general spending economy is increasing as of late. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office reported earlier this year that, “Economic growth will remain slow this year (2013), as gradual improvement in many of the forces that drive the economy is offset by the effects of budgetary changes that are scheduled to occur under current law.” All this to say, pet washes are a good thing.
If the numbers don’t speak for themselves outright, just ask yourself (or your neighbor) when the last time you (they) let their pet wallow for days in their dirtiness. It is summertime and dogs will be well, dogs. Oh to have a dog’s life: chasing after squirrels, hopping in the lake, and digging up the petunias. Needless-to-say there will be no shortage of dirty pets. Built-in clientele? Check!
With time comes experience and with experience comes optimization. Pet wash manufactures have learned a thing over or two over the past few years. Now many are offering units that comply with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) design standards. This design standard is making the process of installing them in your local communities much easier. Now, more user friendly options such as credit card readers are commonplace. This type of optimization has opened new markets, such as alongside car washes, and is making it a cinch to join in on the pet wash phenomena.
It has been neat to see the birth of an industry through to toddlerdom. Just like a toddler, the pet wash industry has had many bumps and bruises along the way, but now is outrunning everyone around them.