“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That’s almost $21.00 in dog money.”
—Joe Weinstein (comedian)
I was recently approached by a reader from Companion Animals, an organization that “promotes education, respect and understanding” about dogs and pet ownership. They work with therapy and service dogs, and appear to be a good organization.
As part of their “promoting education” goal, they asked if I’d be willing to share some information they’ve put together regarding the actual costs of pet ownership. As a proud pet lover (see Dogs, Cats & Pygmy goats), how could I possibly say no? It’s important to understand what you’re commiting to when you decide you want a pet, and this post will help shed light on the facts. I’ve always wondered how much our 4 dogs were costing us…now I know (it’s surprising when you see all of the costs broken down, but I wouldn’t trade the joy they bring to our family for any amount of money!).
Therefore, as an act of Good Will, The Retirement Manifesto presents the following Public Service Announcement from Juliana at Companion Animals – take special note of the infographic they developed.
Needless to say, owning a pet is huge responsibility, but how much does that doggy in the window really cost?
Aside from the initial cost of purchasing a pet, or better yet: adopting one, there’s a whole slew of other expenses that accompany pet parenthood, and in an attempt to help anyone looking forward to bringing a new pet into their home and heart, we’ve created the following infographic, based on data from the ASPCA.
Below, we break down many of the initial and recurring costs of pet ownership, based on animal type, and even though some of the numbers may shock the inexperienced pet owner, it’s extremely important to note that the infographic does not cover medical expenses, which as many pet owners know, can be monumental depending on the type of animal and breed.
That being said, if you’re looking at becoming a proud pet parent, we here at Companion Animals wish you and your new family member the absolute best, and if you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to share them with us and we’ll be more than happy to respond!
And now, without further ado: