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Whether you’re a new or experienced pet parent, be in the know when it comes to caring financially for your pets.
Pet Expenses Can Add Up Fast
We love our family pets, but they can put a squeeze on our pocketbooks even before an emergency vet visit. Whether you’re thinking of becoming a pet parent, or already have a house of critters, it’s important to plan ahead for their yearly, emergency and lifetime expenses. Check out our pet expense guide for savvy pet parents!
On average, dogs can wrack up $650 to $2,115 a year in expenses. Cats on the other hand cost an average of $690 to $1,485 per year. *
Many pet parents underestimate the cost accrued over their pets' lifetimes. Dogs live 12 years on average and their expenses can add up to be between $5,000 to $20,000! Cats can live even longer, between 12-18 years on average, costing between $5,000 to $23,000.*
Budget for the Basics
Budget for routine vet visits, vaccines, tests and dental care in addition to planning for unexpected expenses. Planned vet visits alone can cost between $700-$1,500 per year for a dog.
Depending on your family pet's species and fur type, the yearly costs can vary greatly. Professional grooming for hairy pups can exceed $1,000 per year! Do your research to find the right style and price tag for your pet.
No matter your pet's diet, their chow can add up fast! Be sure to budget accordingly for your pet's needs. If you're a new pet parent, food costs can range anywhere from $120-$900 per year.
Treats and Toys
Don't forget to budget for the fun stuff too! Toys and treats add up fast. Be sure to add an extra buffer to your treat budget for new or younger pets who you plan to train.
Prepare for the First Year of Pet Expenses
If you’re thinking of becoming a pet parent, it’s important to prepare for the expenses associated with a new family member. An online study reports that 78% of pet parents underestimate the first year of pet expenses. Pet ownership is the best, but go in knowing the costs and how to plan ahead for them!
3 Easy Ways to Lower Pet Expenses
Do your research when it comes to choosing a primary and emergency vet! Pair the vet’s reputation and cost and find the best option for your family.
Affordable pet insurance is a must when it comes to pet ownership. Our right-sized coverage is easy on your pocketbook, simple to understand, and we’re speedy in processing claims.
Should you have an unexpected pet expense, do you have funds set aside? Having a savings fund dedicated to your family pet means a surprise vet expense or couch replacement doesn’t break your bottom line.
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