Beijing sees flurry of bookings for furry friends after COVID-19 subsides
Web Editor:International Daily
Pet care service providers in Beijing have reported a surge in business as people rushed to book grooming services or procedures after the capital city eased COVID-19 restrictions.Li Yang has two cats.After the city relaxed its pandemic measures, he immediately booked services for his pets."Many pet owners also want to get their pets showered, groomed and dewormed. If you don't make an appointment quickly, services will book up," said Li.Groomers and medical facilities, likewise, are reporting an uptick in business and bookings.Zhang Lei runs an animal hospital in Beijing.He said May and June are typically the peak season for grooming and medical services with some pets getting washed once every two weeks, or even more frequently.And now, since movement around the city is less restricted, pent-up demand amongst pet owners is becoming obvious."Our (pet) grooming and medical care services have nearly doubled (from one year ago). Yesterday, I was busy doing surgery (for pets) and reading (their) medical records from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.," said Zhang.Data from a report on China's pet industry shows the number of pet cats and dogs in urban areas exceeded 100 million in 2021, representing a market value of about 250 billion yuan (about 37 billion U.S. dollars).