Contrary to what may be popular opinion, I am not a pet hater. In fact, I love animals. However, I do point out that there is a pretty big cost of pet ownership and people need to take this into consideration before they decide to get a pet. I think most people give the issue very little (if any) thought.
Here's a comment to my post on How Much Would You be Willing to Spend to Save Your Pet's Life? that tries to address the question I put forward:
I don't have a pet yet but will be bringing home my puppy in a couple months. I am already planning to spend $1500 just to bring him home and that is just the cost to the breeder. Then there is at least another $500-$1000 in initial vet shots and all the items he will need to make my home his as well. It is hard to say how much I would be willing to spend if heaven forbid something happen to him but I know I wouldn't just turn my back on him.
A few thoughts:
1. This person is spending $2,000 plus just to get a dog and set him up. I know there are much cheaper ways of doing this (a dog at the pound, some shots, and a bag of food), but there are more expensive ways as well. All I'm saying is "consider the cost." This is what some people spend on a car.
2. I never said you should turn your back on a sick pet (if that's what the commenter was implying). I said that I wouldn't spend anywhere near the amount to save a pet that I would to save a human (like one of my children). This was in response to a commenter who said she would spend whatever it would take to save her pet and that a pet's life was worth the same as a human life. I disagree.
3. Whatever you'd spend to save your pet, it's likely that it will be an expensive choice. If you are willing (like many people are) to spend $2,000 or more to save your pet, you better be saving up for it now. It's a future expense that's highly likely for many pet owners.
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