Costs Add Up When Getting A Pet

Planning on getting a new pet soon? Well you have to know that it takes much more than love to properly care for them.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, you can expect to pay from $235 to care for a fish, and up to $1,843 to care for a large dog.

The ASPCA calculates that a small dog could cost $1,300 in your first year, a cat will cost $1,035, and a rabbit could nab $1,055 from your wallet.

This is projected first year cost for the basic coverage only. Which means the dollars really add up in Year 2, 3 and beyond.

Here are the main costs you must be prepared for when planning to get a new pet:

– Food every day
– Recurring medical care
– Litter
– Toys and treats
– Animal control license
– Health insurance

Then there are even more costs, like spay or neuter service, other medical care, cages, collars and many others.

So before getting a pet, be sure you have your financial life in order. And can handle the expected and also the unexpected cost of pet ownership.

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