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June 12, 2012



Another excellent article! Indeed, everyone who wants a pet, and can return the unconditional love a pet gives, deserves to own a pet; regardless of income or housing. Many small pets live exceptionally well in apartment and duplex homes, with great pet owners. The "must have fenced yard," rule many rescue organizations have, should be banned. All responsible pet owners know that their dogs need exercise and walk their dogs, regardless of having a fenced yard or not. I think that those rescue groups that demand a fenced yard is required, should consider training a dog to walk on a leash and give it a better chance to be rehomed. The problem is that many rescue groups use foster homes and they do not bother to teach basic training or demand basic training from their foster parents. Step it up people. We have many people out there wanting to give these dogs a forever home, and many people have a lot more to offer than a fenced yard.

Maybe a resource list of low-cost clinics and pet pantries for people would make a good article?


I think dogs are a bargain no matter the cost. The physical and emotional value can't be matched. I belong to a local group that helps low income and elderly people with expenses if they adopt shelter dogs or dogs.


Well said Jan -- and I love these groups that focus on helping people with the joy of pet ownership vs judging them for needing help.


On Itchmo there is an entire section on low cost vet care/pet pantries that one of the members has put together. It's by state and gets a fair amount of interest.


Here's the OVMA's estimated cost of owning a 40 lb dog in Ontario.

I would question the dental item as an annual expense.

They don't mention travel costs, training, accessories, boarding, etc which would add expenses.


Amazing. I have an active large dog, 2 cats a fish and a frog. I calculate everything at bare minimum without training to be the same as what is on the list...after the leashes, collars, dog backpacks, crate, kennel, toys are bought.


I think insurance figures so prominently because ASPCA sells insurance. I spend probably half the amount for a large dog, with a much higher quality insurance policy and a home prepared meal. The Ontario costs seem wildly beyond reason, stainless steel bowls cost $1 from Jeffers Pet, and they should not be recommending annual vaccines or rawhide. A Nylabone Dura Chew costs $6 and lasts the life of many dogs.


I tended to agree, to some degree Erich. We don't carry insurance on our dogs, so we save that expense. However, we did have expensive knee surgery on BOTH knees of one of our dogs -- so while we don't usually pay a lot in vet bills, $5000 in one pop causes the average to be higher for us than you'd expect. We also pay quite a bit for boarding when we go out of town -- which is a big part of our bill. We ended up paying $750 (for 3 dogs) just in dog boarding on our last trip. That ads up quickly.


Yes, you also have to account for unforeseen expenses such as cruciate surgery, etc and average them across the life of the dog. I don't think our Ontario estimates are that out of whack - the cost of living here is quite high which has to be taken into consideration.

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