Costs Of Owning A Pet…Can You Really Afford One?

FIGURE OUT IF YOU CAN AFFORD EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH PET OWNERSHIP BEFORE GETTING A PET   Owning a pet costs money and I’m not talking chump change neither. There are significant start-up and ongoing costs that should be factored in to your decision to be a pet owner. So often I see people who get googly-eyed over a small kitten or a small fluffy dog and jump right in and adopt one or take one on for free. Impulse purchases are the worst and are often the expenses that will cost you most out-of-pocket. Dogs depending on size can live 8-14 years and the costs of owning a dog can mount up according to Dr. John Williams at Pet Place. Dr. Williams goes on to say; Small to Med dogs Estimated lifespan 14 years Start Up costs $740-$1325 (first year) Annual Costs $500-$875 Lifetime Costs $7240- $12,700 Large Dogs Estimated lifespan 8 years Start Up Costs  $1020-$1825 (first year) Annual Costs $690-$875 Lifetime Cost $5850-$7950 There are reasons people offer their pets for free, mainly costs they never considered but other reasons such as allergies, not getting on with other pets or family members, scratching, illness (which they may not […]

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