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Pet Care Costs

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How much is that doggie (or kitty, rabbit, rat, goldfish or guinea pig…) in the shelter window? In addition to the initial cost of adoption, there’s a whole litany of expenses that the average pet owner will incur within a year. To make it easier for you to plan for your new arrival, we’ve prepared a financial breakdown of the annual costs of caring for a variety of species.

This chart represents the estimated minimum cost of humane care. You shouldn’t expect to pay less than this, and you should definitely be prepared to pay more. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of unexpected veterinary care, as well as boarding facilities, pet sitters and dog walkers, if you plan to use them. And keep in mind that the price tags on pet-related services and incidentals differ from region to region.

You can also download the Pet Care Costs PDF version.


 Costs

Notes
Small
Dog
Medium
Dog
Large
Dog

Cat

Rabbit
Guinea
Pig
Small
Mammal
Small
Bird

Fish
 Annual Costs
 Food  1  $55  $120  $235  $115  $190  $105  $50  $75  $20
 Recurring Medical  2  $210  $235  $260  $160  $70  $70   $85 
 Litter  3     $165  $415  $415  $210  
 Toys/Treats   $40  $55  $75  $25  $40  $30  $25  $25 
 License   $15  $15  $15      
 Health Insurance  4  $225  $225  $225  $175     
 Misc   $35  $45  $65  $30  $15  $15  $15  $15  $15
 Annual Total   $580  $695  $875  $670  $730  $635  $300  $200  $35
 Capital Costs
 Spay/Neuter   $190  $200  $220  $145  $160    
 Other initial medical  5  $70  $70  $70  $130     
 Collar/Leash   $25  $30  $35  $10     
 Litter Box      $25  $25    
 Scratching Post      $15     
 Cage       $100  $70  $40  $70 
 Carrier Bag   $40  $60   $40  $40    
 Crate   $35  $95  $125      
 Aquarium Eqpt.  6          $200
 Training Class   $110  $110  $110      
 Capital Total   $470  $565  $560  $365  $325  $70  $40  $70  $200
 Special Costs
 Long Hair Groom   $264  $320  $408      
 First Year Total  $1,314 $1,580 $1,843 $1,035 $1,055 $705 $340 $270 $235

1. Premium brand dry kibble
2. Exam, vaccinations, heartworm preventative & topical flea/tick preventative
3. Scoopable litter for cats, scooped daily; hardwood shavings or recycled paper products for rabbits, guinea pigs and small mammals, changed at least weekly
4. Insurance coverage varies: some policies cover spay/neuter, vaccinations and heartworm medication. The annual deductible will also vary depending on the policy.
5. Deworming, basic blood tests & microchip
6. Basic twenty gallon set up with light/hood, outside filter, undergravel filters, air pump and gravel. Does not include fish.