It’s no secret pets bring an added element of companionship and humor to our lives. It’s why over 79.7 million households own pets. But the comfort of a cuddly, non-judgmental furry partner for life comes at a price. Unlike children, they’ll never grow into their hands and feet to one day emerge as self-sufficient entities. Pet owners must continue to pay for vet visits, yearly vaccines, and everyday necessities, such as food and chew toys.
And pet expenses vary drastically across the nation. WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across the United States to pinpoint the most pet-friendly cities. While WalletHub also considered other factors, including “pet health and wellness” and “outdoor pet-friendliness,” to get an overall score, we chose to focus on the “pet budget” metric to pinpoint the most expensive cities to own a pet. Key dimensions analyzed were veterinary care costs, minimum pet-care provider rate per visit, and dog-insurance premium.
Are you paying above-average prices for your pet? Considering what it costs to keep a needier pet alive, you might want to consider goldfish as a cheaper alternative if you live in these cities.
Let’s take a closer look at the 25 most expensive cities to own a pet.