If you can’t afford the vet, you can’t afford the pet.
Now before anyone yells classism, or ableist let me explain where I’m coming from. First and foremost pets are a privilege, a companion, a living creature. They’re not a right, regardless of the support they provide.
If the animal is that valuable to you, putting away 20 dollars a month or 10 dollars per animal should be a small price to pay. Even if at the end of the year that only goes towards vaccinations or an annual check up… Or heaven forbid an emergency fund, this is part of the care they require. This is how you provide for them what they provide for you.
You rescued a dog. That dog is obviously having a better life with you than at a shelter. And yay for adopting! But if that dog becomes ill him being with you as opposed to a shelter means nothing when he’s not getting treatment.
If your parents won’t let you get treatment for your animal… It’s probably best that you don’t have one until you’re independent.
Average vet costs per year per animal (note these prices are based on where I’m at, and only for the physical, no testing. Please look up your local prices and be prepared for some to be higher.):
- Dog : 200.00+
- Cat : 115.00+
- Rabbit : 45.00+
- Guinea pig : 40.00+
- hamsters/mice/gerbils : 45.00+
- rats : 70.00+
- hedgehogs : 45.00+
- ferret : 150.00+
- sugar glider : varies 80.00+
- bird : 75.00+
- fish : have 50.00 set aside for medication.
- snake/reptile : 125.00+