Lisa Spillman can’t imagine life without her dog, an 8-year-old chihuahua mix named Rosebud. But she says her household expenses were getting tough to handle.
“Everything – rent, groceries, dog food… it’s all going really high,” Spillman, 52, told CNBC.
And she’s not alone.
According to a new survey conducted by pet care site Rover, the majority of pet parents say they are spending more on their animals than they were six months ago. More than 90% of pet parents in the U.S. say they have noticed an increase in pet-related costs due to inflation, up from 71% who said the same in January, according to the survey.
Rover also found that to adjust for increasing prices, pet parents are trading down on things like food, treats and accessories for their dogs.
In some cases, owners have been forced to say goodbye to their furry best friends.
Spillman, who lives in Tucson, was forced to move…