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    Estimating Pet Ownership Costs

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Pets cost a fair amount when you consider everything that owning a pet entails. By carrying out some simple research beforehand, you can get a rough idea as to how much you need to budget for pet cost. When thinking about having a pet, it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure they can afford to give the animal the quality life it deserves. For a guide on estimating pet cost, see the following tips. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    The Animal
    First up you need to know what the pets cost to buy initially. Certain animals are obviously much more expensive than others. If you find that there are clear differences in pets cost at a pet shop compared to a reputable breeder, you need to think about why that is. It sometimes works out cheaper in the long run to buy an animal that is more expensive but has been looked after properly, reducing the chances of health risks later on in its life. The money you save on a cheaper pet could end up being paid later in vet costs.

    Start Up
    Then you need to consider how much pets cost for the initial preparation purchases. Providing housing, food and water dishes, pet accessories and registration fees are all standard items that will need money spent on them. Write down a list of what you will need and work out how much these will all cost.

    Vet Costs
    The animal medical fees and vet costs also impact budgets greatly. Certain animals will need vaccinations that can be costly whilst others do not need such measures to be taken. If you opt to have pet insurance then get quotes to find out how much this could be.

    Regular Pet Cost
    Now you must imagine you own the pet. Think about how much you are going to need on a monthly basis to keep the pet going. Obviously food is the main regular cost that the pet incurs. Aside from this, you should factor in accessories such as toys for the animal’s pleasure. If the pet’s house requires electricity then think about how much more your electricity bill will be.

    Unexpected Pet Cost
    Anticipate costs that may arise from time to time. These could include paying for kennel fees if you need to travel without your pet. It is also wise to be prepared for any damage that certain animals can cause by accident in your home. Extra cleaning products may be needed at first while your pet becomes house trained – particularly dogs and cats.
     

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