Considering the True Cost of Having a Pet
Aside from a four year break, I have been a pet owner my entire life. Growing up we had a dog, a bird, fish and rabbits. In college I got a couple of parakeets. As soon as possible my husband and I got a dog. This turned out to be a very expensive dog and showed us the true cost of pet ownership. You certainly aren't just buying a bag of food every now and then.
Once we had our dog, there was an endless stream of expenses including food, treats, routine vet bills and emergency vet bills, grooming, pet sitters and even surgeries. It really set us back financially when our dog tore the ligaments in her knees and when her thyroid went bad. Did you know that animals can have very similar problems as humans? The difference is pet owners usually don't have insurance to cover vet bills for their animals. It is available, but usually is only worth it if you have a pure bred animal.
Before becoming a pet owner you have to consider all the costs to owning that animal. Each animal will require different things, but be assured that there will be costs other than just food. Some animals might require very expensive food, or get extremely bored without new and exciting toys to play with. Sometimes you end up with more than one animal so that the first pet won't be bored. Well, you just doubled the cost of pet ownership. What about bedding? Some animals need new bedding each day. Certain types of animals will be more expensive than others, possibly requiring monthly hair cuts or expensive training. So rather than blindly picking any type of cat, dog or other animal, look into breeds and determine the best breed for your family, including the costs involved.
I know people that spend $40 or more a day on doggie daycare. I know people that have to board their pets on a regular basis, resulting in hundreds of dollars in expenses each time. I know people that have to make weekly runs to the pet store for live rats and mice to feed their snakes. I know people that spend thousands of dollars on cancer treatment for their animals. The list could go on and on.
The point of this hub is to get people to realize that pet ownership can be expensive. Maybe it won't be all the time, but stuff happens to pets, just like they do to people. After our first dog died, we took a few years off before getting another one because I knew exactly how expensive it could be and knew that we couldn't afford it if anything went wrong. I think pets are worth the money - if you have it. I know too many people who struggle to pay their bills each month, yet on a whim come home with a new pet. Please think before you adopt an animal. You really don't want that animal to suffer if you can't afford to take care of it and I am sure you don't want to have to give up a pet that you are attached to because you can't afford it.
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