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It’s all over Rover as pet costs take a ruff turn



On the back of rising fuel, electricity and this week’s interest rates hike, pet food is another hit to the hip pocket.Catalogue price comparisons between January and June for major retailers show price rises ranging up to ­almost 30 per cent. SA economist and South Australian Group Enterprises chairman Darryl Gobbett said a spike in meat prices was flowing down to the pet industry. “Prices for meat have shot up as we know, so that would definitely be feeding in to those increased costs for pet food,” he said.“The cost of wheat is at ­record levels and that would be impacting the price of things like chicken.”He said another cost pressure was the fact that a number of pet food products were imported from overseas.“For example, pig ears or trimmings are from China, where we currently have a global shipping container shortage,” he said. “It’s a combination of impacts domestically and globally.”According to January and June catalogues, at Foodland a 700g tin of Pedigree food rose from $1.75 to $2.25, or 29 per cent.At Woolworths, the price of a 1.2kg can of Pedigree dog food has increased from $4 to $4.50, or 12.5 per cent.An Optimum 2.7kg bag of dry dog food has gone from $19 to $21, or 10.5 per cent.At Coles, My Dog 100g wet food went from $1.50 to $1.60, or 6 per cent, while a 7kg ­Supercoat True Origin dry dog food went from $33 to $39, or 18 per cent.RSPCA SA spokeswoman Carolyn Jones said pet owners could expect to see costs of keeping a fur baby, including food, vet bills, toys and bedding continued to rise.“Sadly, pet owners are not immune to the rise in cost of living,” she said. “Our biggest concern is that vet visits can become neglected due to a rise in cost, which will only have a greater impact on the animal long-term.”Eastern suburbs dog owner Linda Cooper said she was stressed about what the extra costs would mean for her border collie Murphy, who is about to turn two. “We are very worried because we want him to have the best quality of life and have the best food, but with everything going up, something has to give,” Ms Cooper said.Her family, including kids Jasmine, 19, Josh, 17, and Chelsea, 15, estimates that it spends $100 a month on dog food.“We are trying to bulk-buy his food as much as possible or we try to feed him some of our food scraps, broccoli stems, carrots, things like that,” Ms Cooper said.“It does really add up over time,” she said.Owner of new Ethelton shop The Pet Butcher Nick Martin said he was committed to “holding our current prices as long as we can”, but it wouldn’t be easy, given cost pressures on the business.“We have noticed customers talking about the costs (of pet food) rising and we have received calls from people shopping around, asking about prices,” he said.

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