Pet ownership is one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences in one’s life. However, it also costs money. As much as our pets require love and patience, they also require annual visits to the vet, vaccines, grooming, food, and bedding. It is important to remember that there is more to owning a pet than the initial adoption fee and to be aware of the annual costs of pet ownership before bringing home a new furry friend. In the chart below, ASPCA outlines both the capital and annual costs of pet ownership. 

Pet Care Costs

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Say Please

Keep your dog from bombarding you as soon as you pick up a toy or treat by teaching him to “say please”. 

First, tell your