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5 Hidden Costs of Adopting a Pet

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Lots of studies have been done proving the health and social benefits of adopting a pet. I have pets myself, and based on my own experience of rescuing pets over the years, it has been rewarding and life enhancing, and I wouldn’t trade my pets for anything, even when they annoy me. 🙂 However, if you too are shopping for a pet to adopt, don’t forget to look past the cuteness and keep in mind the costs of pet ownership. Pets cost more than just their up-front adoption fees. There are also several hidden costs of adopting a pet. Here are 5 hidden costs of adopting a pet that you should keep in mind before you sign on the dotted line. A Pet Gate Not everyone needs a pet gate, but if you have an area of the house where your new pet is not allowed, a pet gate is essential. For instance, I have a basement and my pets are not allowed to be downstairs unless I am with them. This forced me to purchase and install a pet gate at the top of my stairs as a safety precaution. There are a wide variety of pet gates available for ...

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Cost of Fostering a Dog

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If you’re unsure if getting a dog is a good idea or if you don’t have the money to spend on costs of pet care, fostering is a great way to have a dog without all the responsibilities or expenses. However, there are costs, monetary and otherwise, of fostering a dog. Since we’ve had a few fosters over the years and I just picked up a new one  last week, here’s the real stuff you need to know if you are considering being a foster dog parent. Why Did You Get a Foster? You probably know that we are loving family travel at the moment. We just got back from San Diego, my daughter and I are going to Kentucky for Memorial Weekend, our family is heading to Hawaii in a couple of months, and we just planned a trip to Yellowstone National Park for Labor Day, why on earth did I bring home a new dog right now? Well, I think you can see from the picture that this was one I just couldn’t leave behind. I work on a reservation once or twice a week and stray dogs are as common as air. I am usually pretty good ...

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How Much Money Would You Spend On A Sick Pet?

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Today’s post is brought to you by Blake at Bean Counter By Day. Enjoy! Everyone, meet Jo:   Jo is one of two family felines in the Bean Counter household, both of which Girl Bean Counter brought with her from Atlanta.  Recently, Jo decided to give his mother a little scare by constantly using the bathroom.  How she noticed, I’m still not sure because honestly who pays that much attention to their animals using the bathroom?  But she did notice, and then she got on the internet to Google possible causes. That was a huge mistake.  Along with all the normal, very treatable, conditions that could have caused this, she got explanations like a blocked urethra which could cause death if not treated immediately.  So off we went to the vet as fast as humanly possible (because the last thing I wanted was her cat dying in my car). How Much To Spend On a Sick Pet? I should preface the following by stating we’ve already had a couple of expensive setbacks in our savings goal this year. As a result, all the way up to the vet all I could think about was how much it was going to ...

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Puppy Or Older Dog: Which Costs More?

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know I am an animal lover, and I especially favor dogs. Maybe cats are smarter and more independent, but there is nothing like a tail wagging at 100 mph and a big tongue hanging out to greet you when you come home from being gone five minutes or five hours. (These are my dogs, not my husband) I took in another foster puppy this week. He is only with us for a few days while he is recovering from surgery. My permanent dogs are 4 and 10 years old. With the contrast in ages, I’ve been wondering if it costs more money to get an older dog or a puppy? From my recent experiences, I’ll share a cost breakdown. We’ll assume the costs are for mid range quality food, and the veterinary costs are for my area, which may vary depending on where you live.

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The Cost of Pet Ownership

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Perhaps you are considering taking the step into pet ownership. Most pet owners will tell you that having a four legged furry friend (or three legged one like Edward Antrobus)is one of the greatest joys in life. Pets have a tremendous capacity for love, fun and forgiveness. You can take a broken, beaten, damaged animal, show it kindness and patience, and have a friend for life. Before you make the decision, you should take a serious look at your finances to detemine if you can truly afford it. The following costs are for dogs and cats, but please do your research even if you want a lizard, bird, snake, pot bellied pig, llama or any other domestic pet  (please don’t pull a Mike Tyson and think a tiger might be fun.) Basic Needs The minimum basics any pet requires are food, water, and shelter. According to the ASPCA, medium dogs will need $250 worth of food per year, cats $120. That cost is for basic food alone and doesn’t count toward treats, rawhide chews, or vitamins (some pets have skin conditions!). You might need  stainless steel bowls if your pet chews up plastic. If you are going to leave Spot outdoors for a portion of the ...

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