Putting a leash on pet costs
Bringing a pet into your life could very well bring on a case of sticker shock. Consider the vet bills, the pet food, the toys.... and don't forget that estate planning. Of course, there are ways to economize without diminshing your pet's self-esteem. L.A. Times staff writer David Colker reports on vet costs and other pet expenses, the puppy "lemon law" and much more. At right, a puppy waits for adoption at Orange County Animal Care Services in the city of Orange.
Photo: Irfan Kahn/Los Angeles Times
How much are we spending?
Consider the following:
Homes with dogs
Homes with cats
Homes with freshwater fish
Homes with reptiles
Total pet expenditures in 2008 (projected)
Total pet expenditures in 1998
Money spent on pet food in 2007
Money spent on vet care in 2007
Money spent on supplies in 2007
Money spent on grooming/boarding in 2007
Source: American Pet Products Manufacturers Assn