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Estimated yearly costs of pet ownership

Costs Small Dog Medium Dog Large Dog Cat Rabbit Guinea Pig Small Mammal Small Bird Fish

Annual Costs

                 

Food1

$150 $250 $350 $120 $110 $75 $50 $50 $20

Medical2

$150 $175 $200 $150 $125 $50      

Litter3

      $150 $400 $400 $220    

Toys/treats

$50 $60 $70 $50 $25 $25 $10 $30  

License

$15 $15 $15            

Misc.

$35 $45 $65 $30 $15 $15 $15 $15 $15

Annual Total

$400 $545 $700 $500 $675 $565 $295 $95 $35

Capital Costs

                 

Spray/neuter

$75 $100 $125 $75 $75        

Collar/leash

$25 $30 $35 $10          

Litter box

      $25 $25        

Cage

        $80 $80 $35 $75  

Carrier

$30 $50 $80 $30 $30        

Crate

$50 $90 $160            

Aquarium Eqpt

                $150

Capital Total

$180 $270 $400 $140 $210 $80 $35 $75 $150

Special Costs

                 

Long Hair Groom

$200 $300 $400            

First year total

$780 $1,115 $1,500 $640 $885 $645 $330 $170 $185

1Premium brand dry kibble.
2Exam, vaccinations, heartworm medication.
3Scoopable litter for cats, scooped daily; hardwood shavings or recycled paper products for rabbits, guinea pigs and small mammals, changed at least weekly.

All information provided courtesy of article by Stephen Zawistowski, Ph.D., Sr. VP Animal Sciences, ASPCA. The spreadsheet is a rough estimate; costs vary by location and personal preference. It considers generally essential costs and does not include boarding, walking, day care, etc. As pets age, their veterinary costs will escalate. The chart does not include the price of obtaining a pet (adoption fee or purchase price).

Information obtained from www.petfinder.com.