Posts in Category: Animal Economics
Pet’s bring companionship, unconditional love and joy to our lives. However, it can be a shock to find out after that first trip to the veterinarian, that they bring bills as well. Sometimes we forget that pets are a long term commitment. Remember that your furry (feathered or scaled) friend can live anywhere from 2 to 50+ years.
Do we have your attention now? Good. Let’s look at the real costs of pet ownership.
The first Year
Exams, vaccines, worming and parasite control
Collar, leash, pet bed, dishes and crate
Toys, treats and Chewy bones
Premium pet foods $50 per 35 lb. bag.
Less expensive brands $35.
$20 and upwards per night.
Kitty litter pans and litter
Yearly Adult Maintenance Costs
Exams, vaccines and parasite control each year.
$150 a year on the low end.
Boarding, daycare, grooming and additional training.
The single scariest cost for all pet owners are emergency and unexpected veterinary care.
$ 1000 up to $5000 for a total hip replacement.
GDV (Bloat and Torsion)
Feline urinary obstruction or “Blocked Tom”
X-Rays $200 +
Blood tests up to $500.
How You Can Help Manage Costs
Do you have to have the flat, faced, bull legged dog with extra skin or would a mix from the pound who has lots of hybrid vigor be a better choice.
BUDGET before you buy. THINK before you spend.
Yes, feed good quality food but base your choices
reading the ingredients not clever marketing. Does fluffy really need another toy or a new outfit or would your money be better spent on vaccines.
PET INSURANCE. This is a great way to cover those unexpected emergencies.
REGULAR CHECK-UPS. Catch small problems before they become an emergency.
BRUSH THOSE TEETH. Good preventative dental care can save you lots of $$$.
PREVENTATIVES. Vaccines, worming, heartworm and external parasite prevention are a heck of a lot cheaper than $1000 Parvo or Heartworm treatment