If you’re considering pet ownership, whether for yourself or for your grandkids, it helps to be aware of all the costs associated with owning a pet. To help potential pet owners understand the financial responsibilities of owning a dog or cat, Rover has released its fifth iteration of the True Cost of Pet Parenthood. The report sheds insight into just how expensive it is to raise a pet, especially now that inflation has increased prices on many essentials. 

In fact, Rover found that pet inflation is even outpacing other categories — 58% of pet parents say the cost of pet specific goods and services has increased more than the cost of other frequently purchased items. Those elevated costs will take a bite out of your budget. 30% of pet parents claimed they reduced spending in other areas of their life to make sure they can afford the items and services their pet needs. 

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Upfront Costs
Item Average cost range
Adoption fees $0 to $600
Vaccinations $167 to $515
Spay or neutering $250-$525
Wellness exam and parasite prevention $275-$435
Collar/harness $10-$140
Leash $5-$75
Poop bags $10-$90
Food and water bowls $5-$80
Crate $25-$475
Bed $10-$470
Toys $5-$220
Treats $2-$125
Brush and nail trimmer $15-$125
Potty pads $5-$70
Cleaning supplies $5-$55
Food $45-$345

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Ongoing costs
Item Average cost range
Food $560-$4,115
Flea and tick prevention $225-$265
Poop bags $65-$85
Treats and chews $20-$380
Toys $5-$125
Annual check up $105-$130
Annual Pet License Renewal $20-$125

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Common additional costs
Item Average cost range
Emergency vet bills $0-$2,985
Dog boarding $50 per night
Professional Grooming $55-$195
Apartment pet deposit $150-$500
Pet insurance $10-$100
Training $55-$215

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Upfront costs
Item Average cost range
Adoption fees $0-$185
Spay or neutering $165-$250
Microchip $20-$95
Initial vet exam and vaccinations $200-$390
Collar $5-$30
Bed $15-$250
Food and treats $40-$155
Food/water bowls $5-$90
Litter box $10-$550
Litter $10-$90
Toys $0-$80
Claw trimmers $5-$40
Brush $5-$50
Scratching post $20-$300
Carrier $20-$260
Pet license $15-$95

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Ongoing costs
Item Average cost range
Food $450-$1860
Litter $150-$720
Toys $5-$!55
Annual vet appointment $105-$155

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