You may be able to acquire a new pet for free, or you may pay hundreds of dollars for a pedigree, but all animals require care and a financial investment for their entire lives.
Costs include food, dental care, parasite control such as worming, flea control, heartworm protection, vaccinations (an initial course and annual boosters), desexing (sterilisation), and most importantly regular check-ups.
You will also need to consider a budget for council registration (dogs), unforeseen veterinary bills (e.g. for illness, accident), insurance, grooming, boarding kennels/cattery for your holidays, training classes (dogs), bedding and leads/collars/brass name tags.
However, as most pet owners will agree the benefits far outweigh these costs. Unconditional love – a happy face and a wagging tail greeting you as you arrive home from a hard day at work, ears that will always listen, a lap that is never empty and no matter how other people treat you, your pet will always love you.
Furthermore, studies have shown that pet owners are more healthier and less likely to have high blood pressure. There are a number of reasons for this including the calming effect they have on us, such as when we stroke and pat an animal. Not to mention the extra exercise you will receive because there’s no better excuse than to walk the dog.