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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 the 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 an additional $910 per year minimum for the duration of the dog's 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 or service and approximate cost:

  • Purchase of dog: $0-$25,000
  • Council registration: $40-$150 dexexed/undesexed
  • Desexing: $200*-$500* depending on size, age and gender
  • Flea and worming treatments, and heartworm prevention: $120-$300
  • Microchipping: $60-$80
  • Puppy vaccinations: $170-$250
  • Bed and/or kennel: $100-$200
  • Car restraint: $30 upwards
  • Collar, leash or harness: $40-$100
  • Food and bowls: $800 depending on quality
  • Grooming: $70-$90 depending on breed, frequency and size
  • Puppy training: $170* depending on provider
  • Toys and treats: $50 upwards

Total for first year: $2,350-$5,220

*Please note that all the figures above are approximate and are purely a guide to what it may cost for dog ownership.

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

Ongoing costs

Product or service and approximate cost:

  • Annual health check: $90
  • Flea and worming treatments: $120
  • Food: approx $600 upwards
  • Grooming: $70*-$90* depending on breed and frequency
  • Toys and treats: $30 upwards

Total for consecutive year: $910 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 an additional $880 per year minimum for the duration of the cat's 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 or service  and approximate cost:

  • Purchase of cat: $0-$2,000
  • Council Registration: $40-$150 dexexed/undesexed
  • Desexing: approx $115-$300 male/female
  • Flea and worming treaments: $100
  • Kitten vaccinations: $170-$200
  • Microchipping: $60
  • Carry cage and bed: $50-$100
  • Collar and bell: $15-$50
  • Food and bowls: $370 upwards, depending on quality
  • Grooming: $50 upwards, depending on breed and frequency
  • Scratching post: $20-$300
  • Toys and treats: $30 upwards
  • Tray and litter: $130-$180

Total for first year: $1,150-$3,570

*Please note that all the figures above are approximate and are purely a guide to what it may cost for cat ownership.

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

Ongoing costs

Product or service and approximate cost:

  • Annual vaccination vet check: from $80
  • Flea and worming treatments: $100-$150
  • Food: approx $500 upwards
  • Grooming: $50
  • Litter: $120 upwards
  • Toys and treats: $30 upwards

Total for consecutive year: $880 minimum

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