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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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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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