Bringing a cat or dog into the family has a big financial commitment attached - you don't even know how much it will be until after it happens. However, there are costs that you can plan for in advance, such as spaying, neutering and vaccinating your pet.
One way to reduce those costs is to go to your local shelter and have them perform these procedures. The care is still top notch; they are just closer to cost than other for-profit vets.
For example, at the Animal Protective League in Cleveland, the costs are as follows:
- cat neuter $26
- cat spay $45
- dog neuter $56 (under 40lbs) $77 (40-70lbs) add an extra $1 per pound over 70lbs
- dog spay $68 ((under 40lbs) $98 (40-70lbs) add an extra $1 per pound over 70lbs
- Rabies cat and dog $13 (cost me $20 at my vet)
- FVRCP cat $11 (cost me $15.40 at my vet)
- Leukemia cat $13 (cost me $15.40 at my vet)
- FIP cat $14
- Leukemia/FIV test $23 cat
- Distemper/Parvo dog $21
- Bordatella dog $11
- Heartworm dog $23
And you can get packages of vaccinations that save you even more money.