Interview with Dr. Lara Sypniewski
Often when people get a new pet, it is an emotional reaction. Maybe it is a pet in need,
or just one that is irresistibly cute. But the truth is, being a good pet owner is a big commitment, not just in time and love, but financially as well.
Failure to understand what a pet will cost can lead to a breakdown in the human to pet bond, and the pet can end up homeless.
The initial cost of the pet is just the beginning. High quality, well balanced dog and cat food is expensive. Housing, bedding, grooming supplies, and toys can add up quickly.
It’s important to be conscious of the need for routine veterinary medical care including vaccinations, and prevention of parasites like fleas, ticks, and heartworms.
Puppies and kittens require a series of vaccinations, given over several visits, to build their immunity. The cost of spaying or neutering to prevent homeless animals can’t be overlooked. A mature pet might be more economical than a puppy or kitten.
Before deciding on a pet, talk to your veterinarian about what your new pet will need. Understanding the cost of being a good pet owner is important. It will help you make
a wise decision that you and your new pet can live with.