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:
* Pet ID Tag
* Leash (for dogs)
* Pet Bed
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!