I would be lying if I said I haven’t thought about getting a puppy at least 10 times in the last 6 months. Does it have anything to do with the pandemic and the fact that I’ve spent more time at home than ever before in my life? I’m gonna say maybe just a little bit… okay a lot of bit. Before the pandemic my home was basically a hotel, a place to sleep and I was hardly ever there, nowadays I tend to spend a ton of time at home and it would be great to have man’s best friend hanging out. If for whatever reason you’ve been thinking about getting a pet, consider the cost of owning as part of your decision making process. According to a study by takespruce in Idaho it only costs $1,791 per year to care for a dog, and $970 to care for a cat, making it one of the more affordable states to own a pet. Here are some of the factors they considered to determine the cost of owning a dog.

  • Annual food costs
  • Annual toy costs
  • Annual grooming costs
  • Flea and Heartworm Medication costs
  • Annual boarding costs
  • Annual licensing and fee costs
  • Annual pet insurance costs
  • Annual regular and emergency vet costs

You may be thinking to yourself... I'm not a dog person but a cat would be cool. Here are the expenses associated with cats.

  • Annual Food Costs
  • Kitty Litter
  • Annual Toys Costs
  • Annual Medicine Costs (Flea and Heartworm)
  • Pet Insurance (annually)
  • Annual Regular Vet and Emergency Vet Cost

You can see the full study here: https://takespruce.com/cost-of-caring-for-pet-by-state/