The Pet Guide: Pet Care Cost
Find out about pay rates and costs for pet care
Many folks treat their pets as part of the family and keeping a pet healthy is only part of the financial impact pet ownership has on a family or individual. Many factors impact cost, such as geographical location, number and type of pets, type of care needed (day, overnight, feeding, watering, exercise, etc.), and frequency of caregiving.
Keep in mind also that pet caregivers may charge by the hour for some tasks or by the job for others. Some current averages for basic pet care in most major metros are:For dogs and cats:
- Dog walkers...$10-$25 per day, for 1 dog
- Dog and kitty day care...$15-$35 per day per pet
- Kennel Boarding (small animal)...$20-$25 per day per pet
- Pet hotels...$35-$90 per pet, varies with services provided
- Groomers...$20-$85 per weekly visit, depending on service provided over a 6-8 week schedule
According to the latest survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, Americans spent an estimated $40.8 billion on their pets in 2007, not including the cost of pet caregiving, such as dog walking, pet sitting and other types of pet care.
Your pet care costs depend very much on where you live, what your specific needs are, as well as the personal choices you make about pet food and regular veterinary care and insurance. Below are the averages for dog and cat products and services, outside of regular pet care (such as dog walking and pet sitting), that you can expect to find in most major metro areas. Washington D.C. Pet Care may be a different cost than Denver Pet Care or Seattle Pet Care. Research the costs in your area first before you offer a pay rate.For dogs:
- Surgical Vet Visits...$453
- Routine Vet Check-ups...$219
- Groomers and grooming aids...$127
- Surgical Vet Visits...$363
- Kennel Boarding...$149
- Routine Vet Check-ups...$175
- Groomers and grooming aids...$18
Depending on where you live and who your vet is, a visit to an animal doctor's office can set you back anywhere from $30 to $70, a vaccination regimen from $50 to $100, and a spaying or neutering procedure from $50 to $200. A broken bone can set you back $1,000. Major surgery and the subsequent recuperation can cost you $2,000. In light of these prices, many pet owners are now purchasing pet health insurance, a practice highly recommended by The Humane Society of the United States.
More Pet Care Resources
Care.com article about Potential Costs for Pet Owners to Consider
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Find caring Cat Sitters today!Steve Penhollow is the Arts and Entertainment Reporter for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette in Indiana. He has written for a number of publications, including the Advocate chain of newspapers in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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