The global pet milk replacement products market was valued at US$ 96.0 million in 2018, according to Global Pet Milk Replacement Products Market Report, by Pet Type (Puppies, and Kittens), by Form (Dry and Liquid), by Distribution Channel (Pet Retail, Mass, Farm, Online, Veterinary, and Pet Distribution), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East & Africa), published by Coherent Market Insights.
The global pet milk replacement products market is expected to reach US$ 156.4 million by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.7% during the forecast period. Milk of the mother dog or cat provides necessary nutrients such as proteins and vitamins for growth of their puppies and kittens. However, increasing incidence of disease in mother dogs or cats that leads to drying of milk glands during labor or during illness or death of mother dog or cat. This, in turn, prevents them from producing and delivering the required quantity of milk for their puppies or kittens. Moreover, if the mother dog or cat gives birth to a greater number of offspring at a time, the dog or cat cannot produce enough milk for its puppies and kittens. Puppies and kittens may develop certain deficiencies or might die due to unavailability of required quantity of milk. This factors are expected to increase demand for pet milk replacement products for orphaned, rejected or nursing puppies and kittens.
Milk replacement products are considered as a healthy feeding product for growth of puppies and kittens, however, these products are associated with certain issues such as milk replacement products do not completely fulfill nutritional requirements of puppies and kittens compared to original dog or cat milk. For instance, according to study titled ‘Comparison of the nutrient composition of commercial dog milk replacers with that of dog milk’, published by Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association in June 2014, milk replacement products have serious issues such as inadequate calcium, insufficient calcium-to-phosphorus ratio, low caloric density, inappropriate feeding directions, and excessive lactose concentrations. This can lead to poor growth of the puppy.
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