Owner looking at bills with dog.

Adding a furry new family member is an exciting time, and while cuddles and scritches are free, plenty of your pet’s needs come at a cost. At Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, we love keeping your pets healthy and helping them live their best lives. Our experts have put together some helpful tips to make prospective pet parents aware of the costs of providing a safe, happy, healthy environment for a pet.

Upfront Costs

Your first year of pet ownership will be pricey, with pet parents shelling out anywhere from $1,100 to $3,200 during the first 12 months, according to the ASPCA

Consider everything your pet needs in the early stages:

  • Adoption fee
  • Spaying or neutering (if not part of adoption fee)
  • Initial veterinary visit and vaccines (if not part of adoption fee)
  • Food, treats
  • Toys, leash, harness, bedding, food dishes, litter box, litter
  • Pet doors, underground fence
  • Crate, travel carrier
  • Poop bags, piddle pads
  • Microchipping
  • License fees

How Much Does a Dog or Cat Cost to Adopt?

Adopting a shelter animal is less expensive than purchasing a pet from a store, but there are still adoption fees, which vary widely depending upon the age and breed of the animal and any veterinary care that is included in the fee. Plan to spend anywhere from $100 to $525 to adopt a dog or puppy in New Jersey, and $95 to $150 to adopt a cat or kitten. Keep in mind many shelters hold special events when their adoption fees are reduced.

Your Monthly Pet Care Costs

Now you’re probably wondering, how much does a dog cost per month on average? Or how much does a cat cost per month?

Many factors will influence your monthly pet care costs, including the following special services:

On average, plan to budget $120 to $350 each month for your dog and $35 to $260 a month for your cat.

Veterinary Care

One thing is certain, regular wellness examinations must be included in any annual pet care budget. In fact, when we catch an issue before it becomes a big problem, it can be less expensive to treat and save money in the long run!
Welcoming a new dog or cat is an exciting time, and we’re here to help make the transition a smooth one, with plenty of tips for taking care of your furry family member. Contact us at (732) 531-1212 if you have questions, or schedule your appointment conveniently from any device.