Pet ownership can come with a lot of expenses.
For example, the typical pet owner spends $176 on initial supplies and adoption fees to bring their furry friend home. After that, they spend another $111 every month for their care. That adds up to a whopping $13,320 over the course of 10 years, which is the average lifespan of most dogs and cats.
Meanwhile, over 45 percent of the poll actively worry that their pet might get sick or hurt. Another 33 percent worry their pet may be unhappy. Ninety percent of those polled will call their veterinarian when their pet displays some kind of odd or unusual behavior, but only 79 percent will actually schedule an appointment to visit that doctor. In fact, almost a quarter of all respondents (24%) say they don’t take their pets to the vet unless they know for sure something is wrong.
Another 44 percent say they’ll research their pet’s health online when they think something’s wrong. These respondents will spend around 394 hours web browsing over the course of the average pet’s lifetime.