For many Americans, their pets are an extension of their family. Domesticated animals are a large part of our family culture. Children love to play with the dog in the yard or cuddle up to a sweet, purring kitty. Though their presence is uplifting and comforting for us, animals are not cheap.
No matter what type of pet is chosen to join the household, there should be a sound forethought of the cost of properly maintaining another animal life. Unfortunately, many pet owners fail to account for the additional cost. Here are a few of the everyday expenses that every household should anticipate before acquiring a new pet.
Pet food is not cheap
Let us rephrase this point. Pet food can be cheap, but cheap pet food typically leads to poor nutrition and additional health problems. The amount of fillers found in the most inexpensive food brands is damaging and rough on the unsuspecting cat or dog body.
Food with tons of fillers will also cause the pet to produce twice the amount of feces. Invest in animal foods that are high in protein and do not have corn labeled as the first ingredient. The average yearly cost to feed an average house cat is around $200.
Vaccinations and regular medical checkups cost a pretty penny
When it comes to owning a pet, vaccinations and routine veterinary care should be the first cost anticipated. Every animal requires specific vaccinations and health maintenance that will save them from future health issues, some of which are extremely deadly.
Bypassing this step of pet ownership will almost certainly shorten the animal’s life and cause the family hardship in the end. Do not short-change the family or the pet, and invest the funds required to acquire the proper vaccinations. Veterinary costs for a dog or cat over the course of a year average close to $300.
Flea and Pest maintenance is a must
Keeping fleas, ticks, and larvae off of Fido can be quite a challenge throughout the year. The medications formulated to handle these matters is not cheap. On average, an effective flea/tick remedy for a year’s time will cost a pet owner close to $200.
Unexpected health issues can be costly
If the family pet gets hurt, it can cost a small fortune to properly tend to the wounds. The average emergency vet visit will cost the family close to $500. Some pets just have health problems that are typical to their breed. There are plenty of safety precautions that will help to minimize these instances, but accidents happen.
Pet accessories are more essential than one might think
Pets need toys and treats. Dogs need bones and stuffed animals to tear to shreds all over the living room carpet. These things enhance the quality of our pet’s lives, but they do cost money. It is wise to set aside at least $200 per year for these luxurious necessities.