Sunday, October 17, 2010

Maggie May Has a Boo Boo - Guest Post w/Adopt-a-Pet

Maggie May got a possible scratch to the eye which warranted a trip to the vet, a fluorescein stain and antibotic eye ointment. It was a Saturday and our regular vet was closed, so we had to go to our local Banfield clinic. The fluorescein stain revealed a superficial corneal ulcer, which is very painful. She cannot open her right eye and I am keeping the room dark for her. She goes back for a recheck Monday or Tuesday. We are hoping it will heal quickly and she won't have much scarring and won't need any surgery or God forbid, lose her eye.

The great people at Adopt-a-Pet are letting me share some great information with you today. I'd originally chosen a different topic to share, but after the events of the weekend, I've chosen to share, "Average Cost of Owning a Cat or Dog." If you're going to have a pet, it's very important you take into concideration the cost of properly taking care of that pet. My husband and I put away $40 a week into a "kitty emergency fund." This money is we use for emergencies and not for regular yearly exams and vaccinations. It's a good idea to have an emergency fund because you never know when you are going to have to have an abscess drained, a tooth pulled, an eye stained or a knee cap put back in place.

Average Cost of Owning a Cat or Dog
When you are getting ready to adopt a pet, one of the responsible steps to take is to figure out what you can afford – and to prepare for the unexpected! Being a good caring pet owner involves many things that don’t affect your wallet, like your time and love, but there are definitely some costs involved! Before you adopt, consider the likely costs that come with caring for different types pets. If you’ve never owned a particular type of pet before, knowing how much your new pet will cost can be complicated. So we put together this article to help you figure out the average cost of owning of different types of cats or dogs to help you out!

Basic Supplies – If you need to buy everything brand new, your “start up” cost will vary depending on the size of your pet… and if you choose to basic items, or are investing in fancy designer duds! For a small dog or cats, figure on $100, for a medium, $200, and for a giant breed dog, $300 and up! Basic pet supplies include:

* Collar
* Pet ID Tag
* Microchip
* Leash (for dogs)
* Pet Bed
* Bowls
* Toys
* Food

Average Yearly Cost - This not only depends on the size of your pet (a Chihuahua eats less than a Great Dane), but on the age, health and how well-trained your pet already is before you adopt them. It also depends on where you live, as vet care in cities tends to be more expensive than in rural areas. Puppies and kittens are more expensive because they typically need a series of vet visits for vaccinations, more toys larger collars as they grow, training, and tend to be the ones that chew up your couch cushions! The term “senior” for dogs depends a lot on the size of the breed, as larger breeds (and purebreds) typically develop health problems much sooner than smaller and mixed breed pets. The dollar ranges below also include food and average annual vet care costs:

* $300 – Adult indoor-only cat (1 to 10 years old)
* $400 – Kitten (under 1 year old)
* $500 – Senior indoor-only cat (10+ years)
* $600 – Any age cat that goes outdoors
* $350 – Small adult dog
* $450 – Medium adult dog
* $600 – Large adult dog
* $800 – Small to medium puppy (under 1 year old)
* $900 – Medium to large puppy (under 1 year old)
* $1200 and up – Senior dogs, some purebred breeds, special needs pets, dogs who’s coats require monthly professional grooming

Additional and Unexpected Costs – these can change your average yearly costs drastically! It is a very personal decision figuring out how much you would spend on your pet in an emergency – theirs or yours! We explore some options in our prior blog article about preparing for vet costs, but there are other unexpected costs to consider too:

* emergency vet care
* long-term illness
* extensive behavior training
* boarding or petsitting if you travel
* destruction of valuable items (shoes, furniture, landscaping)

Remember, being a responsible pet owner means not only budgeting for your monthly costs, but planning for the unexpected. We hope this article helps you to plan for a happy, healthy long life of your newly adopted pet!


  1. Oh my darling sweetheart, I wish I could be there to hold your paw and snuggle you. I know you are being big and brave, and you must look after your poor eye. The ulcer sounds horrible and I wish I could lick it better for you. Please keep me posted with all your updates and I am thinking of you and purring away very loudly. With gentle nuzzles and headbonks, your very own King x

  2. That is a lot of good info, but not quite as good as Maggie May getting her eye ouchy all better!

  3. Poor Miss Maggie May! We send haeling purrs her way.

    Mommy says between Felix and Grayce this year, our vet bills will be close to 3K!

  4. We are purring for you sweet Maggie May!

  5. We hope your eye is soon better Maggie May.
    Our mum pays for pet insurance for us in case we ever have big bills. It works out at approximately $12 each a month which is less than $1 a day. She says it is money well spent as it gives her peace of mind.

  6. I hope your eye is better. Purrfect Pals, where the Woman volunteers has a card that says much the same, but they talk more about the costs of a "free cat" versus how we test and microchip all and spay/neuter all our cats.

  7. We are purring hard for Maggie May, that her eye will be okay!! Lots of healing Light from our mom, too!

  8. BTW, the mom spends $300 *a month* just on our food and litter....which might be why she's never able to save for the vet bills. She thinks these annual costs are grossly underestimated! LOL!

  9. Oh Maggie, we hope you heal up quick!!

  10. Maggie May, we are all purring for you and hope your eye heals up nicely.

    We think your mom is sharing really good information. We should write about our Grete some day, "Grete the $100 Dog"...(give or take a few thousand dollars!)

  11. This is just to reassure you, my little Tootlebug, I will adore you even with a swollen eye - because your beautiful tortitude will shine through. I hope you have managed to sleep, and good luck with the vet. Purrs and headbonks and healing vibes x KKoF(N) xxx

  12. That is good information for those who may not be aware of costs. I have 2 senior cats, and one is very healthy and low cost so far. But my male has kidney disease and diabetes. Now I have to spend lots on medications, and also a better grade of cat food, in addition to the usual cat expenses...litter, occasional petsitter, toys, water fountain upkeep, vet visits. It sure adds up.

  13. Healing purrs for Maggie May. We hopes her eye gets all better soon.

  14. Purring for you, Maggie May.
    ~ The Bunch

  15. We hope Maggie May's eye will become less sore and will heal up quickly.
    Our mum has pet insurance for us it is £22-£23 per calandar month and covers for everything except annual jabs and medication so she thinks it is good value.

  16. Poor Maggie May. We sure hope that eye is going to heal up quickly. Sounds like your servants have it under control
    And thanks for all that great info about how much it costs to have a cat. Good information for everyone.

  17. Healing purrs to Maggie Mae's eye! That was great information on how much it costs to have pets--they can be as expensive as children!

  18. Hey, Maggie May, we hope your eye heals completely and you're soon back to normal. Purrs and tail wags.

  19. Oh no. We hope that Maggie May's eye heals quickly. Sending healing thoughts and purrs.

  20. We are purring for Maggie May and hope her eye heals quickly!!

    And that's some very interesting info regarding how much we cost. Our mom thinks she spends more on us than she does on herself...well, that's only fair, right??

  21. Magge May, we're sorry you have an oopsy on your eye. What happened, did someone get carried away at the celebration?

    Purrrrring that your eye recovers soonest.

  22. Oh I'm so sorry about the ulcer on her eye! I hope it heals itself. I'll be seding pawsitive prayers to her.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  23. Thanks for such an informative post.

    We are worried about Maggie May's eye! We are purring and praying that she gets better real soon.


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