The Cost of Companionship

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Briana Krantz

FUN FACT: Expenses in the first year of owning a pet are typically highest.


Dogs have about $200 to $500 in annual medical bills, and will annually run around $300 to $600 or more for food, toys, grooming, etc. Things like training or boarding will cost more. Costs will also depend on the size of the dog, as well as lifespan. Many dogs will live around 14 years.

 

Cats have about $60 to $150 in annual medical bills, and will annually run around $200 to $400 or more for food, toys, grooming, etc. Things like training or boarding will cost more. Many cats will live around 16 years.

 

• With a short life span and no need for vaccinations, rodents and pocket pets are very economical. Though some medical emergencies may cost more than the original price of the pet. Hamsters/Rats/Gerbils will annually run around $100 to $150 or more for bedding, food, toys, etc. Most of these pets will live around three years.

 

Ferrets need vaccinations, and will cost about $100 to $200 for food, toys, litter, and cage every year. They live about eight years.

 

• A year of food, treats, and bedding for rabbits and guinea pigs is around $100 to $200. Guinea pigs typically live for five years, while rabbits last about eight years. Rabbits are often spayed or neutered.

 

Horses will annually run around $800 to $1,000 every year for food and stable care. They also rack up between $100 and $300 in medical bills every year.

 

 

• It will take $300 or more to feed a pig for a year, but that depends on the size, its diet, and where it lives. They are often spayed or neutered, and require vaccinations and veterinary care that varies in cost. Pot Bellied Pigs’ life spans are about 13 years.

 

 

 • You can expect to spend at least $100 every year to feed a goat, not to mention their vaccines and veterinary care over its nearly 10-year lifespan.

 

 

Chickens will have a low annual cost, and need very little maintenance other than cleaning the living space. Life spans will vary.

 

 

Goldfish are cheap. The main costs for fish will be food, and tank upkeep. Life spans vary.

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