Oct 03, 2023

Question of the Day: How much does the average pet owning household spend on their pets each year?

Most Americans own a pet. How much do you think they spend annually? 

Answer: Around $1,400

A pug and tabby cat sitting on furniture next to one another.


  • Do you have a pet currently? Have you ever had a pet?
  • What do you think are the biggest expenses when it comes to having a pet? 
  • Would you ever consider buying pet insurance to help cover potential vet expenses for a pet?
  • The article references expenses for dogs and cats. How would expenses for other types of animals be different?


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Behind the numbers (Credit.com): 

"How much do dogs cost per year? According to the ASPCA, the average pet owner spends nearly $1,400 annually on their furry pal. However, other sources put this number much higher.

Below is a look at some of the expenses you can expect to incur every year you have a dog. If you have multiple dogs, these costs will be a lot more.

  • Food: $200 to $700
  • Vaccines and routine care: $200 to $500
  • Heartworm and flea prevention: $175 to $200
  • Vitamins: $58
  • License: $15
  • Treats and chew toys: $100 to $300
  • Grooming supplies: $25 to $75

Of course, cats aren’t always predictable. You may have a certain cat food in mind—one that fits your budget—but that doesn’t mean your cat will like it. Cats can also be particular about the type of litter they use. Still, the following ranges give you an idea of what to expect in the years ahead.

  • Food: $200 to $500
  • Medical care and vaccines: $200 to $550
  • Flea and tick prevention: $140 to $200
  • Treats: $35 to $100
  • Litter: $150 to $200
  • Toys and scratching post: $20 to $100
  • License: $15
  • Grooming supplies: $28"



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About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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