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Last Updated: 31st October 2021

The Annual Real Cost of Owning a Pet: Can You Afford a Pet?

“I work hard so my dog can have a better life.” There goes the popular pet lover meme on Facebook.  For some, owning or adopting pets means going as far as treating the latter like their own. They won’t give a second thought on providing not only their pets’ basic needs but also spoiling them. However, owning a pet is a big commitment.

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Pets can sweeten your bitter heart, but they can also leave a dent in your bank account!  Are you financially and emotionally ready to welcome, own, or adopt pets?

Adopt, buy, or bring home a pet of your choice if you can answer “yes” to the following questions:

 

Will your pet suit your lifestyle? Will your lifestyle suit your pet?

If you’re active, find a pet that can tag along with you as you walk, run or jog. Low-maintenance pets like turtles, guinea pigs, goldfish, or hamsters, on the other hand,  are ideal for busy people.

 

Can you commit?

Know the lifespan, needs, and characteristics of the pet that you plan to keep. If you intend to keep a dog, are you ready to take care of them for 10  to 15 years? Your pet can help ease your loneliness. But are you ready to face the grief once your pet is gone?

 

Is your home pet-proof?

Making your home pet-proof entails ensuring the safety of your pet while protecting your stuff.  Keep your pets away from loose accessories while you’re not around. Birds, guinea pigs, and hamsters are safer when caged.

 

Can you keep your family members safe with pets around?

Pets are potential carriers of certain bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that can cause illness once transmitted to humans. Infants, children, pregnant women, and those with weak immune systems are prone to these diseases. 

 

Lifetime Cost of Owning a Pet

The annual cost of owning a dog and a cat alone can be estimated at $1,391 and  $1,149, respectively, based on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) data.

Dogs and cats can be the popular choices but small house pets are also darlings to pet keepers. The estimated initial and annual costs of owning or keeping these pets are as follows:

Rabbit $1,040 $660

Hamster $  345 $260

Small Bird $  295 $185

Fish $  230 $  20

 

The annual cost of owning a pet can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The initial cost includes adoption, vaccinations, training, and the likes, while the general costs cover your pet’s food, toys, routine vet visits, etc. Combine these costs, and you’ll get a  rough estimate of the lifetime cost of owning a pet. 

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the first-year cost of dog (or cat) ownership exceeds $1,000. Below are breakdowns of the average one-time and annual costs of owning a dog or a cat, specifically: Note that prices are based on adoption instead of buying a pet elsewhere. 

 

  1. Acquisition
    1. AdoptionBe ready to spend between $1,100 and $3,200 for the first year alone, if you’re considering adopting a pet like a dog or a cat, estimates the ASPCA. The average adoption fee for dogs less than a year old is $185. 
    2. Buying from a pet storeThe average cost of purchasing a dog from a pet store is around  $1000. Compared to shelters, pet stores don’t spay and neuter animals. Most of them don’t treat illnesses.
  2. Medical costMedical costs are the most expensive aspect of owning a pet. Americans collectively spent $103.6 billion on their pets in 2020, an increase from the $97.1 billion they spent on pets in 2019, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA).
  3. FoodFood expenses vary based on the size and energy level of your dog or cat, as well as the quality of the food. Of that nearly $104 billion that the Americans allotted to their pets in 2020, $42 billion went to food and treats, added the APPA.
  4. Pet Services. Pet services, including boarding, grooming, insurance, training, pet sitting, and walking, made up the remaining $8.1 billion of the budget the Americans spent on their pets in 2020, continued the report the APPA presented. 
  5. Home Supplies and EquipmentEquipment costs vary depending on the individual. If you decide to fence in your backyard, be ready to allot $1,000 on average. For an indoor pet, you may only need water and food bowls, and a few toys. Before shipping for bowls, crates, and other supplies and accessories, consider the pet’s size that you are getting.
  6. Training – Unlike dog keepers, cat owners rarely consider pet training. Dog owners have two options if they decide to have their canine buddies trained— pay for training or train their pet themselves. Training does not only reduce behavioral issues and potential costs; for instance, the cost of a lawsuit or medical treatments if your dog bites someone.
  7. Pet Insurance  – The cost of pet insurance varies greatly. Monthly premiums can range from as low as $10 to higher than $100, although most pet owners usually pay between $30 and $50 per month for a plan with decent coverage.

 

The estimated cost of owning a dog ranges from $1,400 to $4,300 per year. First-time pet owners need to allot nearly $400 for the bare necessities alone. The total first-year costs range from $1,314 and $1,843 on average, based on the size of your dog, the ASPCA estimates.

 

In the first year alone, dog keeping can cost between $700 and $2,000, excluding any special needs like dog walking, pet insurance, and grooming, which can raise the cost by more than $7,000.Your annual expenses may slightly decrease or significantly increase in the following years depending on various factors such as any medical conditions that arise, whether you purchase pet insurance, your pet’s size, and how much they eat. Be prepared for a big vet bill if your dog gets sick.

 

Dr. Louise Murray, vice-president of the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, confirmed that mixed-breed, 10- to 20-pound dogs are typically the least expensive canines to own. 

So, before getting a dog, ensure that you have saved enough to cover at least three months’ worth of your future pet’s living expenses. 

 

Average Cost of Owning  A Dog

Acquisition

  • Adopting. It is less expensive to adopt a pet from an animal shelter than buying a pet from a pet store or other sources. Adoption requires you to shell out from $50 for mixed breeds up to $500 for purebreds. You need to pay between $500 and $1,000 for a pet sourced from stores.
  • Purchasing from the Store. The average cost of buying a dog from a pet store is above $1000. Pet stores don’t spay and neuter animals, and most don’t treat diseases.
  • Purchasing from Breeders. If you consider buying a purebred dog from a breeder, allot anywhere between $500 to $3,000. Americans spend an average of $1,675 per year on their dogs. Purebred dogs cost five times more than a mutt or mixed dog.

 

According to the Prudent Pet, the following are the top 10 most expensive dog breeds to own in 2021:

 

  1. Samoyed – $14,000
  2. Löwchen – $12,0003. Chow Chow – $11,000
  3. Tibetan Mastiff – $10,000
  4. Azawakh – $9,500
  5. Rottweiler – $9,000
  6. Canadian Eskimo Dog – $8,750
  7. Dogo Argentino – $8,000
  8. Pharaoh Hound – $7,500
  9. Afghan Hound – $7,000

 

Listed here are the cheapest  dog breeds you can own: 

  1. Beagle – $200 to $500
  2. Manchester Terrier – $600
  3. Irish Terrier – $650
  4. Border Collie – $525
  5. Australian Silky Terrier – $550
  6. Otterhound – $550
  7. Dalmatian – $700
  8. Chihuahua – $650
  9. Field Spaniel – $550
  10. Bichon Frise – $700

 

Medical Care

      Initial Costs

  • Spaying or neutering. Vets consider spaying a female dog, and neutering or castrating a male dog are the best ways to control the pet population. They can also actually keep your dog healthier and live a longer, happier life. 

 

Your insurance premiums can vary depending on the breed of dog you own. It costs a little more to insure those breeds prone to health issues than others. Aside from the breed,  your pet’s age and location influence the cost. 

Older pets are more likely to need veterinary care; hence, pet insurance companies charge more to cover them. 

 

Small dogs: $210/year

Medium dogs: $235/year

Large dogs: $260/year

 

  • Vaccines –  Vets recommend immunizations based on a dog’s breed, age, health, lifestyle, medical history, and whether your furry friend lives or travels to states known for specific diseases. The price of vaccines will depend on which core and non-core shots are required.

 

To give you an idea of what to expect  when you need to schedule your dog’s vet visits,  here is an estimate of each of those priority services:

  • Vaccines and routine care – 1st year: $100-$350 | Annual cost: $80-$250
  • Distemper vaccination – 1st year: $20-$30 | Annual cost: $40-$60
  • Rabies vaccination – 1st year: $15-$25
  • Heartworm tests – 1st year: $0-$35 | Annual cost: $0-$35
  • Heartworm prevention – 1st year: $24-$120 | Annual cost: $36-$132
  • Flea and tick prevention – 1st year: $40-$200 | Annual cost: $40-$200
  • Deworming – 1st year: $20-$50 | Annual cost: $80-$200
  • Dental cleaning: $70 to $400
  • Ear care: $50 to $300.
  • Breed-specific Medical Costs. A study conducted by  PetBreeds.com  listed the following among the most medically expensive dog breeds, from routine vaccinations and flea control to serious treatment for diseases and injuries. 

 

Analysts at Petbreeds, a pet research site powered by Graphiq, worked with Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI) to find the breeds that rack up the most in medical costs per year. Researchers looked at breeds with at least 2,000 policies with VPI and found these dogs with the largest amount in injury and illness claims, on average, from 2011 to 2013.

 

Most Expensive Dog Breeds in Medical Costs:

  1. Basset Hound: Average claimed per year: $1,064
  2. French Bulldog: $1,087
  3. Weimaraner :  $1,111 
  4. Rhodesian Ridgeback: $1,122
  5.  Great Dane : $1,127 
  6. Doberman Pinscher : $1,163
  7. English Cocker Spaniel: $1,172
  8. Newfoundland: $1,294
  9. Bernese Mountain Dog: $1,361

 

  • Examples of Breed-specific Health Problems. The team at PetBreeds conducted research to identify the breeds with the most health issues. The breeds were then ranked  according to the approximate number of major and minor health concerns and bucketed the total of health issues into tier labels, including “Medium,” “High,” and “Very High.” The list below shows the top 15:

 

  1. Shetland Sheepdog
    Health Concern Level: Medium
    Issue:  Can suffer from dermatomyositis, also known as “Sheltie Skin Syndrome.” although,  This manageable disease leads to hair loss issues.
  2. Kerry Blue Terrier
    Health Concern Level: Medium
    Issue: Can suffer from eye issues, including cataracts and dry eye.
  3. Great Dane
    Health Concern Level: Medium
    Issue: Prone to developing hip dysplasia, which is common among large breeds.
  4. Miniature Australian Shepherd
    Health Concern Level: Medium
    Issue:  Can suffer from various major health concerns, including hip dysplasia, cataracts, and persistent pupillary membrane.
  5. Chow Chow
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue: Can suffer from severe orthopedic issues, many of which reputable breeders screen to receive Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) certification.
  6. Miniature Poodle
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue:  Prone to eye issues such as cataracts.
  7. Newfoundland
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue: Can suffer from subvalvular aortic stenosis, a heart issue that can result in sudden death.
  8. Rottweiler
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue: Prone to epilepsy and osteochondrosis, a degenerative bone disease.
  9. Labrador Retriever
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue: Can suffer from cancer and exercise-induced collapse (EIC), a screenable genetic syndrome.
  10. Basset Hound
    Health  Concern Level: High
    Issue: Prone to genetic diseases, such as bloat and Von Willebrand, which responsible breeding can prevent.
  11. Saint Bernard
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue: Can suffer from bone cancer and cardiac disorders.
  12. Golden Retriever
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue:  Known to suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia
    The minor health concern is allergies
  13. Bulldog
    Health Concern Level: High
    Issue: Can suffer from various health issues; it is regarded as “the most extreme example of genetic manipulation in the dog-breeding world that results in congenital and hereditary problems.
  14. German Shepherd
    Health Concern Level: Very High
    Issue: Prone to hip dysplasia, which careful breeding and screening efforts can prevent 
  15. Cocker Spaniel
    Health Concern Level: Very High
    Issue: Apart from various orthopedic issues, it is prone to epilepsy, heart diseases, and liver disease.

 

Food

  High-quality dog food and healthy dog treats cost somewhere from $20 to $60 per month ($250 to $700 per year). Food expenses vary based on the size and energy level of your dog as well as the quality of the food:

Small dogs: $55/year

Medium dogs: $120/year

Large dogs: $235/year

 

Dry dog foods are cheaper than canned dog foods. A 30- lb bag of dry Taste of the Wild, for example, costs $47 on Amazon, compared to twelve 13.2 oz cans (i.e., 10 lbs) of wet Taste of the Wild for $43. Each pound of canned food is $2.73 more expensive.

A food and water bowl will cost you no more than $40. 

 

Tip: Always consult your vet to determine the best diet for your dog.

 

Grooming

Be ready to pay around $40-$75 for dog grooming, depending on your dog’s size. A mobile dog groomer can come to you for an average of $75 for an average size dog. Also, you can groom your dog at the self-service facility for $11-$23.

Nail Trimming – The cost is around $10 or less. Trimming a dog’s nails is a delicate task; cut it too short, and you can injure them, resulting in pain and bleeding. The last thing anyone wants to do is hurt their pet. Luckily, the cost for trimming a dog’s nails is around $10 or less.

Bathing Costs –  The average cost of a full grooming treatment, including a hair trim and a bath, is $30 to $90.

 

Training

Obedience training benefits you and your dog. You can build a stronger bond with your dog, and you’ll appreciate dog ownership more knowing you’re with a well-trained, obedient, happy, relaxed, responsive pet.

 

Group Training Costs. Allowing your dog to join a  group of other dogs in group training will help them learn to listen, obey and learn new skills. Group training costs can range from $40 to $125 and sometimes higher. Puppy training classes will cost less than adult training classes.

 

Private Training Costs.  Dogs with behavioral issues or need particular care will benefit from joining private training where the trainer will spend one-on-one time with your dog and help correct whatever behavior needs correcting. An hour-long session costs anywhere from $30 to $100.

Premium Training Costs  Premium training is similar to puppy boarding school. During the training, your dog will live in a boarding facility for two to four weeks and receive hours of individual attention each day. Prepare to pay anywhere from $950 to $2,000 for this training type. 

 

Other Costs

Dog walking. Dog walkers normally charge between $19 and $29 for a 30-minute dog walking service. In the US, the average cost for a 30-minute dog walking service is $22.56 in 2020.

Pet sitting/boarding. The cost for daily dog and cat pet sitting visits is somewhere around: $19-25 per 15-minute visit. $25-29 per 30-minute visit. $29-35 per 45-minute visit.

 

Pet fees if you’re renting your home. A study from PetFinder showed that the average pet deposit is between 40 and 85 percent of the rent. For instance, if the rent is $2,000 a month, the pet deposit will run you anywhere from $800 (40 percent of $2,000) to $1,700 (85 percent of $2,000).

On average, landlords normally charge a $50 pet fee and a $120 cleaning fee. This fee is to help cover the cost of hiring a professional company to clean the room and make it ready for the next guest.

There are also one-time pet fees similar to pet deposits, except that they’re non-refundable. Pet fees may range from $200 to $500, depending on the size and breed.

 

Microchip.  Getting your dog microchipped will require you around $45. The cost includes the actual chip, the vet procedure, and the online registration process. The dog’s size does not impact the price since the procedure is the same, and the actual chip doesn’t vary much.

Living essentials (beds, dog ramps, etc.). Dog ramps provide your pets easy access to sofas, chairs, beds, and even cars. You can search and shop for these essentials online.

 

Pet accessories (harness, collars, toys, etc.). On average, you will spend $50-$300 annually for these. 

 

Average Cost of Owning a Cat 

A national pet owners survey showed that approximately 95.6 million cats lived in households in the United States in 2017. In the same year, some 68 percent of all US households owned at least one pet.

According to the ASPCA, you are expected to spend around $53 monthly on your cat or $634 annually.

Based on the 2021-2022 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 45.3 million American households own a cat.  Adoptions have increased in some metro areas due to COVID-19, as folks look for companionship while staying mostly at home.

According to APPA, keeping a cat will cost you  $326 a year on food and treats alone. You need to consider vaccinations, food, litter, and other recurring and one-time expenses. 

 

Acquisition

  • Adopting. The cost of owning a cat depends on where you’re adopting it from. If you’re getting it from a local shelter, set aside as much as $200.  This cost covers medical screenings, vaccines, and spaying or neutering before adoption.
  • Purchasing from a store. Getting your cat at a pet store is more expensive than adopting from an animal breeder. Buying a pet cat can easily cost $500 to $1000 or more, while adoption costs range from $50 to $200. Purchasing an animal from a pet store can be risky, too, as stores don’t always obtain their cats from reputable sources, resulting in the mistreatment of the animals and higher risks of health problems. 
  • Purchasing from breeders. Buying a pet-quality purebred kitten from a breeder typically costs between $300 and $1,200, depending on the breed and color.

 

Most Expensive Cat Breeds 

  1. Peterbald $500 to $1,200
  2. British SHorthair $500 to  $1,500
  3. Persian $500 to $2,000
  4. Sphynx $500 to $2,500
  5. Scottish Fold $500 to $3,000
  6. Russian Blue $300 to $3,000
  7. Hypoallergenic Cats $300 to $3,000
  8. Bengal $1,000 to $4,500
  9. Savannah $1,500 to $10,000

 

Least Expensive Cat Breeds

  1. Manx $500
  2. Havana Brown $500
  3. Himalayan $500
  4. Munchkin $500
  5. Oriental Shorthair $500
  6. Siamese $600
  7. Turkish Van $600
  8. Birman $700
  9. Snowshoe $1,000

 

Medical Care

A routine cat checkup can cost you t between $50 to $250, while most general veterinary care costs less than $500.  Be ready for unexpected health problems that can cost much to treat depending on your pet’s condition. 

  • Initial Costs. The capital costs are around $365, including initial medical care and spaying or neutering, estimates the ASPCA. Your cat will likely already be spayed or neutered if you adopt from a shelter. Neutering a cat costs around $45, while spaying costs around $75 if you have to pay out of pocket. 
  • Pet insurance. The cost of pet insurance can range from $15 to $75 per month. Animals with higher risk factors such as Abyssinian cats or English Bulldogs will be more costly to insure than a Manx or a Harrier.
  • Veterinary visits. Cats should be taken to the vet at least twice a year.  Cats tend to hide their symptoms, so you might not know that they’re ill until it’s too late. Annual veterinary care for cats might cost  $90 to $200. Expectedly,  unplanned events like accidents, injuries, or unexpected illnesses can cost more.
  • Vaccination. A cat should receive basic vaccinations as a kitten and potentially later in life, including panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, rabies, feline leukemia, and chlamydophila. Consult your vet about what vaccinations your cat needs since not all are necessary or safe for every cat. The cost of these vaccinations can vary from $50 to $100.
  • Flea control. An oral medication will prevent fleas and itching. On average, flea and tick medication will cost you around $30 to $60 per month.
  • Heartworm control. Expect to pay around $20 per month for heartworm prevention medication usually costs around $20 per month. 
  • Ear and dental care. Chewable sticks or cleanings can improve cats’ oral health. Since cats can also be prone to ear mites and ear infections, periodically cleaning their ears prevents these conditions from forming or worsening. A cat’s dental cleaning averages around $250, while ear cleaning is around $5.
  • Breed-specific medical concerns. Hairless cats are prone to skin conditions, while white, blue-eyed cats are vulnerable to deafness than other color combinations. Before choosing a breed, look into the potential health risks associated with it. 

 

Food

Choose the best food for your pet. Premium cat food is the best choice.   Cats can’t thoroughly digest lower quality foods and feeding them results in more frequent stools. Prepare around $120-500 on cat food annually.

Whether it’s dry cat food or wet cat food, most commercial cat foods provide an excellent source of nutrition. Finding the best food for your cat, however, will depend on several factors, such as your cat’s weight, and health conditions, and your budget. Talk to your vet to come up with the best decision regarding your cat’s nutrition and health.

 

Grooming

A nail trim will cost around $10. The average cost of a professional cat bath will be between $30 and $50. Cleaning a cat’s ears will cost around $5. Sanitary cleaning, which involves trimming the hair around the rectum to remove fecal matter, helps prevent infections, and bacterial growth is usually included in the cost of a bath. 

 

Other Costs

Toys will help your pet fight boredom while you’re away. Cat toys are usually $10 or less. Other essentials to delight your pet include:

Cat bed and carrier –  $20 

Food and water bowl –  $7

Cat litter –  $10.00 to  $40.00 per month

Cat scratching post  – between $21.49 and $110.99

Cattery -$5-$6 per day in areas with less demand to as much as $20 per day in the middle of the city. 

 

Most Common Canine Emergencies

Getting familiar with the most common pet emergencies will help you decide if an immediate vet visit is needed. Here are some of those  pet emergencies that need immediate attention:

  • Difficulty breathing (average treatment cost: $1,200)
  • Bloat or gastric dilatation (average treatment cost: $5,000)
  • Seizures (average treatment cost: $3,000)
  • Profuse hemorrhaging (average treatment cost: $400)
  • Protracted vomiting or diarrhea (average treatment cost: $3,500)
  • Collapsing (average treatment cost: $2,800)

 

If your dog, specifically, displays any of these symptoms, don’t wait. Call your vet immediately and have your dog treated right away.

 

Most Common Feline Emergencies

These include:

  • Difficulty breathing (average treatment cost: $1,000)
  • Abnormal urination, especially in male cats (average treatment cost: $500)
  • Seizures (average treatment cost: $1,800)
  • Severe pain (average treatment cost: $800)
  • Sudden paralysis of the hind end (average treatment cost: $1,400)
  • Collapsing (average treatment cost: $1,800)

If your cat starts to act strangely or looks in pain, take it to the vet right away.

 

Budgeting

Keeping your pet while sticking to your budget is challenging. So, how strategically can you manage your finances to secure your pet’s food and supplies and manage your expenses? To  reduce the financial burden of owning a pet,  we  suggest the following: 

 

  1. Pet sinking fund. Set money aside every month and use this for a later date. 
  2. Pet emergency fund. Emergencies happen not only to humans but to pets, as well. You can’t be sure exactly how much a pet injury or illness will cost, and having a pet emergency fund will help you save your furry friend’s life.
  3. Look for animal programs. National programs and non-government organizations (NGOs) provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. 
  4. State and Federal Program. The Humane Society provides a full list of these programs, including a state-by-state breakdown. Some only assist in treating specific diseases, while others provide funds to spay and neuter your pet.
  5. NGOs. Each of these national organizations provides financial assistance to pet owners in need. Since they are  independent and have their own set of rules and guidelines,  you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

 

Pet Insurance Versus None

Pet insurance can cover costs associated with certain illnesses or types of veterinary treatment. You can avoid crippling medical costs if you have pet insurance. 

 

Tips Before Adopting or Purchasing a Pet

Once you are decided on petkeeping, go:: 

  1. Do your research. Enrich your knowledge about pet care and pet keeping. Equip yourself with grooming, nutrition, and safety tips, for instance. 
  2. Look for a local vet. You may ask a friend for recommendations. Consider the following as you choose your pet’s healthcare provider:  Location, office hours, payment options, and the range of medical services provided. 
  3. Prepare your home—the basic rule: Pet-proof. Procure tightly closing trash cans and pet food containers to help keep the pets out.
  4. Consider microchips for quick and easy identification of your pet if it loses its collar and tags.
  5. Prevention is always better than cure.  Prioritize your pet’s health and safety by securing its vaccines.

 

Who Spends the Most?

A survey conducted in 2020/21 revealed that millennials represented the biggest share of pet owners in the United States (32 percent). Next in line are the  Baby Boomers (27 percent). Generation Xers, who represent some 24 percent of pet owners,  came in third. 

 

Baby Boomers

 In 2018, baby spending on overall pet care dropped from 46.8% in 2017 to 37.7%. Their spending on pet food also dropped significantly by 25%. Overall, baby boomers’ spending on pets dropped by 18%. 

 

Millennials

Millennials would love to pamper their pets. The TD Ameritrade study found that millennials are more than twice as likely to buy their pets’ clothing than Baby Boomers, and 17% of them buy their pets Halloween costumes each year.

 

Millennials are a generation of pet parents. YPulse’s recent survey found that 76% of millennials have a pet, with over half reporting dogs and 35% own cats.  Hence, they are the target market for pet brands everywhere. 

 

The study also revealed that 7% of Millennials had adopted a pet during COVID-19 to have company during quarantines. Three in ten said they regularly purchase presents for their pets, and nearly a quarter admitted they have been spending more than usual on their pet because of COVID.  

PULSE data shows that half of these young pet owners have purchased toys for their pets during the last six months (during the pandemic), and nearly the same number have purchased special food treats.

Frequently asked questions

What is the annual cost of owning a pet?

The annual cost of owning a dog and a cat alone can be estimated at $1,391 and  $1,149, respectively, based on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) data.   

How much does it cost to care for a dog per year?

The cost of owning a dog can be estimated at $1,400 to $4,300 per year.

How much does owning a dog cost in the first year?

The total first-year costs range from $1,314 and $1,843 on average, based on the size of your dog, the ASPCA estimates.

How much money should you have before getting a dog?

Before getting a dog, ensure that you have saved enough to cover at least three months’ worth of your future pet’s living expenses.

How much does it cost to care for a dog per year?

The cost of owning a dog can be estimated at $1,400 to $4,300 per year.

How much does owning a dog cost in the first year?

The total first-year costs range from $1,314 and $1,843 on average, based on the size of your dog, the ASPCA estimates.

How much money should you have before getting a dog?

Before getting a dog, ensure that you have saved enough to cover at least three months’ worth of your future pet’s living expenses.

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