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COSTS

Pet ownership is extremely rewarding and owning a pet can be associated with healthy living and overall greater life enjoyment. Companionship and security are also great benefits of pet ownership together with greater community socialisation. Pet ownership can also teach children responsibility, routine and empathy.

According to Australian Veterinary Association the Family Pooch Index has revealed that over in the average lifespan of a dog, owners will spend on average more than $25,000 per animal.

In addition to the initial cost of adoption, there’s a whole litany of expenses that the average pet owner will incur within a year. The cost of dog ownership is greater than that of a cat however both need to be taken into consideration before making the decision to become a pet owner.

The following is a basic list of fundamental needs for your new pet which outlines the cost associated with pet ownership.

Costs of owning a dog

Dogs can live for up to 15 years, so on top of the initial costs for the first year, you may be looking at additional $650 per year minimum for the duration of the dogs life. The final figure may be more, or less, depending on the dog, breed, age, size and any illness or accidents etc.

Upfront Costs
Product/Service - Approximate cost
• Purchase of Dog - $0 - $1500
• Microchip - $50
• Council Registration - $40 - $150 (Dexexed/Non Desexed)
• Worm/Flea Treatment - $100
• Puppy Vaccinations - $170
• Car Restraint - $20
• Desexing - $125 - $280 (Male/Female)
• Bed and/or Kennel - $100
• Puppy Training - $150
• Collar/Leash/Harness - $40
• Grooming - $50
• Toys and Treats - $30
• Food and Bowls - $370
Total for first Year - $1245 - $3010 **Please note that all the figures above are approximate and are purely a guide to what it may cost for dog ownership.

Should you choose to adopt a dog from the RSPCA, the cost of microchipping, desexing, initial vaccinations and worm/ flea treatment can be subtracted as these are done prior to adoption.

Ongoing Costs
Product/Service - Approximate cost
• Worm/Flea Treatment - $100
• Yearly Vaccination Vet Check - $70
• Grooming - $50
• Toys and Treats - $30
• Food - $400
Total for Consecutive Year - $650 minimum

Costs of owning a cat

Cats can live for up to 20 years, so on top of the initial costs for the first year, you may be looking at additional $720 per year minimum for the duration of the cats life. The final figure may be more, or less, depending on the cat, breed, age, size and any illness or accidents etc.

Upfront Costs
Product/Service - Approximate cost
• Purchase of Cat - $0 - $1000
• Microchip - $50
• Council Registration - $40 - $150 (Dexexed/Non Desexed)
• Worm/Flea Treatment - $100
• Kitten Vaccinations - $170
• Carry Cage and Bed - $50
• Desexing - $100 - $180 (Male/Female)
• Collar and Bell - $15
• Scratching Post - $80
• Tray and Litter - $130
• Grooming - $50
• Toys and Treats - $30
• Food and Bowls - $370
Total for first Year - $1355 - $2545 **Please note that all the figures above are approximate and are purely a guide to what it may cost for cat ownership.

Should you choose to adopt a cat from the RSPCA, the cost of microchipping, desexing, initial vaccinations and worm/ flea treatment can be subtracted as these are done prior to adoption.

Ongoing Costs
Product/Service - Approximate cost
• Worm/Flea Treatment - $100
• Yearly Vaccination Vet Check - $70
• Litter - $120
• Grooming - $50
• Toys and Treats - $30
• Food - $350
Total for Consecutive Year - $720 minimum

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