Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pets Can Be Costly but Are Worth Your Effort

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Pets Can Be Costly but Are Worth Your Effort

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THEY may be irresistible in the pet shop but cats and dogs can add thousands to the yearly household bill and cost as much as a small car over their lifetime, a vet says.

VetShopAustralia's head vet Dr Mark Perissinotto said while a recent study found it costs the average Australian family $746 a year to keep a pet dog and $583 for a cat, other estimates put the cost at up to $1000 a year.

"With the typical lifespan of a dog ranging between 10 to 13 years, the family pooch could cost you anywhere between $7000 to $13,000 over its lifetime," Dr Perissinotto said.

"If puss lives to 15 years, you could fork out up to $15,000 - the same as you'd spend on a small car."

Dr Perissinotto said annual costs included food, flea, worm, heartworm and tick control, vet visits, pet insurance, toys, grooming, accessories such as collars and leads, council licence/registration fees and pet sitting/boarding. …

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