Whether it’s a new puppy or kitty, our vets dig up the common costs you mightn’t have thought about in the first year.
- Desexing: For dogs, it’s usually between $200-$500. This depends on your pet’s size and essentially, your vet. Some clinics have a fee that includes a pre-anaesthetic blood test, plus intravenous fluids to support blood pressure and organs pre and post surgery. Other clinics quote less and offer these as add-ons. Desexing a female is always more than the equivalent sized male as well, because it involves entering the abdomen. Desexing a male (usually) only involves a more superficial wound in the area of the testicles. For cats, it’s around $100 (male) and $300 (female). As for dogs above, the male’s surgery is usually minimally invasive.
- Puppy school: Around $80 for 4 weeks. Early socialisation is so important and this is a must-do.
- Vaccinations: Puppies and kittens require an initial course of 2-3, which is between $210 to $360. Again, this comes down to your vet. It varies per clinic depending on your location, the vaccines used, your pet’s breed and age.
- Doggy essentials: Bedding ($100-200), Collar ($20), Leash ($20), Water + Food Bowls ($20), Car Harness ($30), Name tag ($10-20), Brush ($10).
- Kitty essentials: Bedding ($100-200), Collar ($20), Cat Carrier ($40), Litter Tray ($15), Scratching Post ($40), Leash ($20), Water + Food Bowls ($20), Name tag ($10-20), Brush ($10).
- Microchipping: About $50. Puppies and kittens should come to you already microchipped, however some ‘backyard’ breeders don’t do it. Some council also provide "cheap" microchipping days too. Tip: make sure you transfer details into your name as soon as possible, it can be difficult if the ownership transfer hasn't been done correctly from the start.
- Parasite protection (fleas, ticks, heartworm, worms): Depends on your pets size, breed, location and physical environment. Dogs $15-20. Cats approx $12.
- Toys and treats: Let’s say $10-20. It’s important to change things up and keep play fun, so worth investing here.
- Food: Cost here differs greatly according to the quality of the food provided, and the energy needs of the pet. Approx $60 for a dog, $30 for a cat.
- Cat Litter: Averages $10. Depends on type that suits your cat.
- Pet insurance: If you’re worried about being able to afford large non-budgeted-for vet bills, this is a great option. Cost varies with the cover you need and the insurance you’ve selected, but on average, budget for about $30-40 per month.
- Grooming: This all depends on the length of hair, size of pet and whether you do frequent mini grooms or the full shebang. A ballpark range is $40-105.
- Council registration: Depending on your council, this could be $20 or more like $200. It’s also more expensive for non-desexed pets.
- Obedience training: For dogs, this ranges from $20 to $250 depending on format (local groups in parks vs. one-on-one help). It’s essential for manners and recall.
- Grooming: (cat) $30pa (+~ $150 with clipping)
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