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					                                  Cost of Pet Ownership
                     How much will it cost to care for my dog or cat?

                    Pet ownership is expensive, are you sure you can afford it?

  Use the following as an approximate guide of how much it’s going to cost to care for
                                      your pet.

  **Note these estimates do not include unforeseen medical bills, which can add up to
              several hundred or even thousands of dollars quite quickly.

         Pet insurance will run you approximately $250 to $500 per year if desired.
Cost of Caring for an Adult 40 Pound Dog                           Cost of Caring for an Adult 10 Pound Cat
                   Annual Vaccines           $ 89.25                                        Annual Vaccines         $ 89.25
                 Annual Fecal Exam           $ 29.57                                      Annual Fecal Exam         $ 29.57
                    Flea Prevention          $ 61.50                                         Flea Prevention        $ 61.50
             Annual Heartworm Test           $ 51.25                                                   Litter       $ 86.72
              Heartworm Prevention           $ 51.26                                                    Food        $292.90
                              Food           $487.90                                                    Toys        $ 34.50
                               Toys          $ 34.50                                                 Licence        $ 6.00
                       Dog Licence           $ 16.00                                        Annual Total:           $600.44
                    Annual Total:            $821.23
         Cost of Puppy Ownership                                               Cost of Kitten Ownership
              Puppy Vaccine Series           $ 293.51                                 Kitten Vaccine Series         $ 293.51
                         Fecal Exam          $ 29.57                                             Fecal Exam         $ 29.57
             Deworming Medication            $ 22.37                                 Deworming Medication           $ 22.37
                    Flea Prevention          $ 61.51                                        Flea Prevention         $ 61.51
             Heartworm Prevention            $ 51.26                                 Microchip Identification       $ 61.27
             Microchip Identification        $ 61.27                                                    Spay        $ 241.57
                                Spay         $ 307.08                                                 Neuter        $ 158.76
                              Neuter         $ 261.50                                                   Food        $ 328.23
                 Obedience Classes           $ 143.75                                                    Toys       $ 30.00
                                Food         $ 518.67                                                  Collar       $ 6.84
                                Toys         $ 30.00                                                   Bowls        $ 12.14
                     Leash & Collar          $ 22.40                                              Litter Box        $ 20.69
                               Bowls         $ 16.51                                                    Litter      $ 84.39
                        Dog Licence          $ 16.00                                                 Licence        $ 6.00
                    Total Female:            $1573.90                                       Total Female:           $1198.09
                       Total Male:           $1528.32                                          Total Male:          $1115.28



   [Estimates were obtained from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association and information reproduced here with permission
         from the St. John’s SPCA; original URL: http://www.spcastjohns.org/index.php?page=cost-of-pet-ownership.]

				
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