So, you’re thinking about a pet. That’s great! A pet brings many things into your life, including unconditional love and companionship, fun play and exercise. Another important factor to consider is how much it will cost to have a pet. CHS encourages you to do your research. Feeding a 110 pound Bull Mastiff will cost more than a 12 pound Shih Tzu. To help you determine if you can afford a pet we have put together a few budgets. The below does not include emergency medical care, initial vaccinations, obedience classes, the cost of fencing, dog house or bed. This also does not include the cost of your time needed for walking, playing and caring for your dog.
Dog Budget Cat Budget Rabbit Budget


Dog Budget

For a spayed female, mixed breed, medium sized dog:

Minimum Cost Per Year (Approximate)

Food and Treats

12 bags of dog food(18kg) @ $45.00 $540.00
2 boxes biscuit treats per month @ 3.99 $95.76
8 cans dog food (397g) per month @ $1.99 $191.04
4 bullystick chews per month @ $6.00 $288.00

Veterinary Care

Yearly visit – exam and vaccinations $120.00

Grooming

Spring bath and brush out $60.00

License

City Of Calgary license fee $37.00

Vacation

2 weeks dog care @ 25.00 per day $350.00

Subtotal

$1,681.80

GST

$84.09


TOTAL

$1765.89

One Time Costs

Spaying (female) and tattoo (incld. w/ adoption from CHS) $450.00
Food and water dishes $20.00
Collar, leash and harness $40.00
Brush and comb $15.00
Toys – balls, frisbees, etc $30.00
 Crate/X-Pen

 $100.00

Subtotal

$655.00

GST

$32.75


TOTAL

$687.75

 

Is it worth it? YOU BET IT IS!

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Cat Budget

For a spayed female, 12-pound, domestic long haired cat:

Minimum Cost Per Year (Approximate)

Food and Treats

4 cans of cat food (396g) per month @ $2.00 a can $96.00
4lb bag of dry food per month @ $20.00 each $240.00
3oz bag of cat treats per month @ $5.00 each $60.00

Veterinary Care

Yearly visit – exam and vaccinations $120.00
Nail trimming every 2 months @ $15.00 a trim $90.00

Litter and Supplies

20lb bag of cat litter per month @ 10.00 a bag $120.00
1 tube of anti-furball medication $10.00

License

City Of Calgary license fee per year $17.00

Vacation

2 weeks cat care @ 15.00 per day $210.00

Subtotal

$963.00

GST

$48.15


TOTAL

$1,011.15

One Time Costs

Spaying (female) and tattoo (incld. w/ adoption from CHS) $300.00
Metal food and water dishes $20.00
Collar, leash and harnesses $40.00
Brush $15.00
Litter pan and scoop $13.00
Scratching post $45.00
Cat Carrier $45.00
Toys $30.00
Cat bed $20.00

Subtotal

$528.00

GST

$26.40


TOTAL

$554.40

 

Is it worth it? YOU BET IT IS!

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Rabbit Budget

Healthy rabbits generally live 8-16 years so make sure you are ready for a long-term commitment!!  For the health, well being and happiness of a rabbit, they should live indoors in an adequate space, such as an x-pen, receive 2 – 4 hours of play, exercise and socialization per day.

The following are estimated costs for an adult medium sized rabbit.  Many of the supplies listed below can be found at the Pet Gear Store.

Prices based on veterinary clinic averages and Pet Gear Store prices;  prices are subject to change.

Minimum Cost Per Year (Approximate)

Food and Supplies

2kg bag of pellets every two months @ $15.00 per month $90.00
1 bag of Timothy Hay every month @ $10.00 per month $120.00
Fresh Vegetables $5.00 per month $60.00
15lbs bag of Yesterday’s New Litter @ $15.00 per month $180.00
1 tube of anti-furball medication @ $10.00 $10.00

Veterinary Care

Yearly visit – exam and vaccinations $70.00
Nail trim every 2 months @ $15.00 per visit $90.00

Vacation

2 weeks of rabbit boarding @ 15.00 per day $210.00

Subtotal

$830.00

GST 5%

$41.50


TOTAL

$871.50

One Time Costs

Spay/Neuter Included when adopting from CHS $250.00
Indoor housing (X-Pen) $115.00
Ceramic food and water dishes $20.00
Leash and harness $30.00
Brush or curry glove $15.00
Litter pan and scoop $10.00
Broom & Pan $10.00
Toys $30.00
Nail Trimmers             $15.00

Subtotal

$495.00

GST

$24.75


TOTAL

$519.75

 

Is it worth it? YOU BET IT IS!

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