The least expensive aspect of pet ownership in Milwaukee is the initial purchase price or adoption fees. Once the pet is brought home there are supplies to maintain, training fees and veterinary costs. Add boarding fees for vacation or horse expenses.
The Wisconsin Humane Society has set fees for the adoption of their animals. The cost varies from a small kitten to mature dogs. These fees cover initial veterinary costs, feed, and housing of the animals until they are adopted.
There are more than 250 choices of canned dog food ranging in price from less than a dollar for a small can of named brands to upwards of $7 for multipacks. There are more than 500 choices of dry dog food. Name brands grain free feed runs in from $16.to $60 and popular brands are a little lower. Unless showing and competition is in the schedule dogs do not usually need a lot of stuff, but do take a lot of their owner’s time and time is money.
Cats need scratching posts, litter boxes and toys. The food and litter is an ongoing expense. There are more than 800 brands of cat food to pick ranging in price from less than a dollar a can of moist to more than $30 for grain free dry feed.
Small mammal feed is less expensive and can be bought in bulk. Aside from the initial price of a cage there are exercise toys and feeding bowls, Regular maintenance includes bedding costs and gnawing treats for rodents. The maintenance cost for these little pets is affordable.
Fish are one of the least costly pets. The initial needs are a tank, filtering, aerating and heating systems, a stand, stones, accessories and plants. This would cost about $200 or less to get started. Regular maintenance like feed, plants, charcoal, etc. can be about $10 per month or less.
Horses are more expensive pets. If an acre of grass pasture and a barn is not available on your property then boarding costs, which usually includes feed and hay, have to be added to the regular farrier, worming, and inoculation costs, plus the veterinary fees, show fees and transportation expenses.
Milwaukeeans know that no matter what the costs are their pets are part of their family and they are well worth every penny spent.