How Much Does A Pet Cost?

Approximate Anticipated Costs

DOG

average life expectancy 12 years

Food/Treats            

  • 18kg(40lb) bag dry dog food/month $720   
  • 2 boxes biscuit treats/month $300
  • 8 cans dog food (396g)/month $270
  • 4 rawhide chews/month $360        

Grooming*            

  • Bath/comb or clip $360
  • Nail trim $90
  • **Dogs that do not shed require grooming 6-8 times/year.
  • Nail trims are usually required every 2 months.

Other costs            

  • License $30
  • 2 wk vacation kennel care $630

Veterinary Care            

  • Annual exam and vaccines $170
  • Annual deworming $60

Approximate One-Time Cost

  • Spay (female) $550
  • Microchip $100 
  • Tattoo $40
  • Food & water dish $20 
  • Collar and leash $25 
  • Brush/comb $15
  • Toys $30
  • Crate $80
  • Bed $75

TOTAL Annual cost $2990

TOTAL One time cost $935

TOTAL LIFETIME cost $36815

 

CAT

average life expectancy 14 years

Food/Treats            

  • 1.8kg(4lb) bag dry cat food/month    $500
  • .23kg(3 oz) bag cat treats/month    $180
  • 4 cans cat food (396g)/month    $100      

Grooming*            

  • Nail trim    $90
  • 20kg bag litter/month    $200
  • 1 tube furball laxative    $12
  • Nail trims are usually required for dogs and cats every 2 months.

Other costs            

  • License    $10
  • 2 wk vacation kennel care     $490

Veterinary Care            

  • Annual exams and vaccines    $140
  • Annual deworming    $25

Approximate One-Time Cost

  • Spay (female)    $380
  • Microchip    $100
  • Tattoo    $40
  • Food & water dish    $20
  • Collar, harness    $35
  • Brush/comb    $15
  • Toys    $30
  • Crate    $50
  • Bed    $35
  • Litter pan/scoop    $25
  • Scratching post    $50-$250

TOTAL Annual cost $1747

TOTAL One time cost $730

TOTAL LIFETIME cost $25188

 

Costs are estimated and do not include purchase price of your pet, emergency medical care, initial vaccination and rabbies vaccine.  This does not include the cost of your time for needed walking playing and caring for your pet.

Adapted with permission from Calgary Humane Society website        

Examples of Additional Veterinary Care That May Be Required

  • After hours emergency consultation    $160
  • X-rays    $200-$300
  • Blood and urine testing    $150-$300
  • Dental cleanings/extractions under general anesthesia    $650-$1,500

Consider pet health insurance or set up a pet health bank account!