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The cost of owning a cat or dog

When you are thinking about adopting a cat or dog, it is important to consider the costs of owning a pet before making this important decision. The cost of owning a cat or dog can affect the long term success of your relationship with your new pet. The following is an estimate of the costs associated with owning a single cat or dog. Costs may vary depending on your own situation. The tables below do not include emergency or unexpected costs.

Updated Dec 31 2014, 3:28 p.m.

Initial costs Dogs Cats
Adoption/purchase fee

It costs $200 + GST to adopt a dog from Animal & Bylaw Services.

Otherwise prices vary depending on the breed and where you purchase it.

It costs $150 + GST to adopt a cat from Animal & Bylaw Services.

The cost will vary if you purchase from a pet store or breeder.

Licence

$37.00 for a puppy
(3 to 6 months old)

$37.00 spayed/neutered dog over 6 months old;

$60.00 for an unaltered dog

$17.00 for a kitten
(3 to 6 months old)

$17.00 spayed/neutered cat over 6 months old

$35.00 for an unaltered cat

Spay/neuter surgery*

If you adopt from Animal & Bylaw Services, the surgery is included in the cost.

Otherwise,the cost for spay/neuter surgery for a dog could range anywhere from $200 - $500, depending on the sex, size and age of the dog, among other factors.

If you adopt from Animal & Bylaw Services, the surgery is included in the cost.

Otherwise, the cost for spay/neuter surgery for a cat could range anywhere from $150 - $350 depending on the sex, size and age of the cat, among other factors.

Initial vaccinations**
(Note: Rabies vaccination is often extra)
Approx. $170
over a period of 16 weeks
Approx. $160
over a period of 16 weeks
Initial supplies
(food bowls, food, litter box, crate, toys, collar and leash, etc.)

$100-$300
Depending on the size of the dog.

Approx. $50

Obedience training $110-$150 N/A
Other costs Dogs Cats
Monthly, annual, & optional costs (for the life of the pet)
Licence (annually) $37.00 for a puppy
(3 to 6 months old)

$37.00 spayed/neutered dog over 6 months old;

$60.00 for an unaltered dog
 
$17.00 for a kitten
(3 to 6 months old)

$17.00 spayed/neutered cat over 6 months old

$35.00 for an unaltered cat
Food (monthly) $35-$60
Depending on size of dog and type of food
$15-$25
Depending on the type of food
Basic vaccinations and health exam* (annually) 85-$120 depending on the veterinarian $85-$120 depending on the veterinarian
Kenneling
while on vacation
(as required)
$12-$25 per day
Depending on the kennel
$12-$25 per day
Depending on the kennel
Litter (monthly) N/A $20
Doggy daycare
(as required)
Approx. $10-$25 per day N/A

*The costs are only estimates. As price varies depending on the veterinarian, please call your veterinarian for an accurate cost.

**Puppies normally have a schedule of three sets of vaccinations in the first 16 weeks; kittens normally have a schedule of two sets. Consult your veterinarian for more information.