Columbus, GA (WTVM) -- A dog may be man's best friend, but that pup has a price tag. There are kennel fees when you travel, extra charges on apartment rentals, and even higher insurance premiums. A small dog can cost you about $800.00 a year. For you cat lovers, a kitty eats way over $600.00 of your budget.
Just by considering the breed and size of your dogs you'll have more money to play with. We mentioned the smaller pets first, for a reason. That's because larger pets are harder on the wallet. They can cost you an extra $1500.
There are ways to slice the price tags a little. Starting with a major expense, medicine. Reports say some vets mark up drugs they sell an average of 150 to 175%. Pet experts say you can get around this,simply by asking for a prescription and not the medicine itself. You can then check around with your pet supply stores, even search sites like www.1800petmeds.com for a bargain.
After the vet bills, food is the most expensive item for pet owners. Individually,Americans spend about $250.00 on food. That is almost a $15 billion industry. Some folks swear by gourmet grub, saying they help keep their pets healthy and cut down on medical bills down the road.