Our dog Leaf is a part of the family. I like to say that we are his people, rather than he is our pet. He is ten years old and has been in our family since he was a wee puppy. He has greeted each new family member and graciously tolerated them when they were too little to treat him as gently as they should have. Through each of my pregnancies he was always by my side, and after my husband’s accident last year, he became his trusty side kick. He cares for us, and we care for him.


The cost of veterinary care can be overwhelming, and the veterinary profession has become better equipped to provide a higher and extended quality of life for our four-legged pals. Gaining access to such treatments really depends on our financial means to cover the real cost of care.

In the first year of owning a pup, pet owners can expect it to chow down $528 worth of food, meanwhile a kitten nibbles on $266.  Both cats and dogs will require $325 in vaccinations—and these are the planned veterinary expenses. There are many expenses to consider when you are bring a pet into the family. This infographic breaks down some of those expenses.

Infographic PUPPY

You can view the infographic for kittens here: Infographic Kitten.

Pet insurance provides pet owners with financial protection that can assist with regular veterinary care and the unexpected accident or illness. It gives you peace of mind when it comes to the health of your furry family member.

Pets Plus Us wants current and future pet owners to be informed, and to select the right plan they encourage pet owners to consider:

  • Your pet’s species – Both cats and dogs need regular veterinarian care and can experience medical issues or accidents. Consider that some species (or breed) also live longer than others requiring a different level of commitment.
  • Your pet’s breed – There may be medical conditions associated with your pet’s breed. Knowing this can help you prepare for future medical needs.
  • Your financial resources – Your ability to proactively save and be diligent about keeping up aside funds for care related to illnesses and unexpected medical situations should be considered.
  • Your ability to pay for routine vet care – Consider the financial requirements to pay for the routine care your pet will need. As well, consider any previous medical issues your pet might have that may require ongoing care.

In celebration of Love Your Pet Day, Thurs. February 20th, Pets Plus Us would like to encourage those with or considering a pet, to understand the importance of protecting your furry friend.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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