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How much do you spend annually (averaged) on pets?

I have no pets
74 (32.5%)
$0-500
21 (9.2%)
$500-1000
47 (20.6%)
$1000-2000
42 (18.4%)
$2000-$4000
28 (12.3%)
$4000+
16 (7%)

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Re: Pet Ownership Poll
« Reply #50 on: January 13, 2023, 05:06:14 AM »
The best pet is a chicken! They clean themselves and require little maintenance and you get eggs! I recently got chickens but haven't calculated the initial costs for the coop and feed setup and feed compared with what I am saving on eggs.

They are super cute as well. Now that they know me, they follow me around in the backyard. Some let me pet them and carry them.

By far chickens are the most mustachian of pets!

The downside is that you can get salmonella from cuddling them. Otherwise, yeah, chickens are great.

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« Reply #51 on: January 14, 2023, 08:26:38 PM »
The best pet is a chicken! They clean themselves and require little maintenance and you get eggs! I recently got chickens but haven't calculated the initial costs for the coop and feed setup and feed compared with what I am saving on eggs.

They are super cute as well. Now that they know me, they follow me around in the backyard. Some let me pet them and carry them.

By far chickens are the most mustachian of pets!

The downside is that you can get salmonella from cuddling them. Otherwise, yeah, chickens are great.

Really? Do you have more information on that? I am new to chicken ownership.

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« Reply #52 on: January 14, 2023, 10:39:30 PM »
The best pet is a chicken! They clean themselves and require little maintenance and you get eggs! I recently got chickens but haven't calculated the initial costs for the coop and feed setup and feed compared with what I am saving on eggs.

They are super cute as well. Now that they know me, they follow me around in the backyard. Some let me pet them and carry them.

By far chickens are the most mustachian of pets!

The downside is that you can get salmonella from cuddling them. Otherwise, yeah, chickens are great.

Really? Do you have more information on that? I am new to chicken ownership.

You can google it. I saw it in a medical source ages ago, but couldn't possibly find the source.

Here's a recent article. I remember I had read about some area having an increase of salmonella presenting in the ERs and it being traced to chicken cuddling.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/health/cdc-chickens-salmonella-outbreak.amp.html

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« Reply #53 on: January 15, 2023, 12:12:59 AM »
I'm actually surprised that we don't get more routine infections from dogs & cats, outside of broken-skin situations.

I know theoretically it's considered quite risky to be bitten or scratched by cats in particular & I am quick with the hydrogen peroxide when mine tags me with a claw but I don't think I've known anyone personally who has become infected outside the veterinary field.

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« Reply #54 on: January 15, 2023, 03:55:27 AM »
I'm actually surprised that we don't get more routine infections from dogs & cats, outside of broken-skin situations.

I know theoretically it's considered quite risky to be bitten or scratched by cats in particular & I am quick with the hydrogen peroxide when mine tags me with a claw but I don't think I've known anyone personally who has become infected outside the veterinary field.

It's also incredibly risky to be bitten by a human. That was one take away from an emergency medicine lecture: never punch someone in the face because the face has teeth in it. You have far more risk of harm of losing a finger from infection than they do of being harmed by your punch.

Human mouths are just as filthy, if not more, than animal mouths and we don't generally get a lot of infections from each other either unless there's broken skin involved, unless we're talking viral infections.

We pick up bacteria constantly from the world around us and very rarely get sick from it.

That said, toxoplasmosis infections among cat owners is not uncommon, but I don't know if that's what you mean by infection.

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« Reply #55 on: January 19, 2023, 08:12:37 AM »
We have been pretty lucky with our dog. And he has been worth every penny. We walk much more and he brings so much discussion and happiness. The non regular expense over his lifetime has been about 1k in dog training.

Normal yearly is about 2k. It might be a bit more since I think heís going to need a dental cleaning. We canít seem to get it to where we want to with regular brushing.

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« Reply #56 on: February 03, 2023, 03:52:40 AM »
Someone I know has a worm farm. She calls the worms in it her ďwormiesĒ. Like most worm farms, the wormies are fed scraps. However, she cuts up the scraps for her wormies, and is very strict about their diet - they can only be fed approved scraps. They also have their own freezer, that sits near the worm farm and has scraps in it for when sheís away and she pays someone to come and feed her wormies. I think the minder of the wormies needs to supply scraps sometimes, as my acquaintance is often away, sometimes for extended periods. Iíve always known that she calls them her wormies, but yesterday she told me the extent of her care for them. I was goggle eyed when she described the special freezer and the carer.

As a result, I suspect that the wormies cost her a few thousand dollars a year.

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« Reply #57 on: February 03, 2023, 05:17:57 AM »
Someone I know has a worm farm. She calls the worms in it her ďwormiesĒ. Like most worm farms, the wormies are fed scraps. However, she cuts up the scraps for her wormies, and is very strict about their diet - they can only be fed approved scraps. They also have their own freezer, that sits near the worm farm and has scraps in it for when sheís away and she pays someone to come and feed her wormies. I think the minder of the wormies needs to supply scraps sometimes, as my acquaintance is often away, sometimes for extended periods. Iíve always known that she calls them her wormies, but yesterday she told me the extent of her care for them. I was goggle eyed when she described the special freezer and the carer.

As a result, I suspect that the wormies cost her a few thousand dollars a year.

Wow, not going to lie that sounds kind of like a lot. But then again worms are important.

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« Reply #58 on: February 04, 2023, 03:15:12 PM »
My dogs only toys are a pair of worn out holey socks tied together in a knot.. great fetch, chew and tug of war toy.  No money spent on flea tick stuff.. donít have that problem.  $10 per month on dry dog food.  Rabies shot every 4 years or so.  Still need to find affordable heart worm med.. leaning towards getting ivermectin vial which is cheap. I adopt dog from spca for around $120 which includes all shots and chipping.  Biggest expense for last dog was X-ray which found bone cancer, and then the euthanasia.

Dog treats are pieces of food we have here.. scraps.
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« Reply #59 on: February 06, 2023, 07:26:21 AM »
Someone I know has a worm farm. She calls the worms in it her ďwormiesĒ. Like most worm farms, the wormies are fed scraps. However, she cuts up the scraps for her wormies, and is very strict about their diet - they can only be fed approved scraps. They also have their own freezer, that sits near the worm farm and has scraps in it for when sheís away and she pays someone to come and feed her wormies. I think the minder of the wormies needs to supply scraps sometimes, as my acquaintance is often away, sometimes for extended periods. Iíve always known that she calls them her wormies, but yesterday she told me the extent of her care for them. I was goggle eyed when she described the special freezer and the carer.

As a result, I suspect that the wormies cost her a few thousand dollars a year.

Does she sell them? It can actually be a business- check out Uncle Jim's Worm Farm!

This is a great poll and, I'll be honest, I really never looked that closely at my pet costs. I just checked and last year's numbers were $4100 for three cats and one big dog. This included one $400 emergency visit for a cat who tried to eat a hornet, and a donation to my vet's cat clinic for her willingness to answer my 9 pm call to her cell phone and take care of my dumb cat. The dog also required a couple trips to the vet at the end of the year for a very stubborn ear infection. All four animals are fed very high quality food and the senior animals also get Cosequin joint supplements. We are DINKs and prefer to spend the money we'd spend on kids on pets instead lol.

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« Reply #60 on: February 15, 2023, 03:26:44 PM »
My acquisition of hens last summer has proved to be prescient with the current rise in egg prices. I have heard anecdotally of egg shortages as well. When I told my friend I had 4 hens, her eyes lit up and said "you are sitting on a gold mine".

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« Reply #61 on: February 18, 2023, 05:46:04 AM »
I figure I spend a little under $1k for my dog. That said, the ROI is outstanding. There are days in which I don't know if I would have been able to function affectively without her. I cannot imagine having made it through covid sober without her love and compassion. My annual alcohol expenses prior to sobering up was considerably more than I've spend in the nearly 4 years that I've been blessed to have her.

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« Reply #62 on: February 18, 2023, 06:04:36 AM »
I have two dumb pets, and sometimes I wish I had zero. My cat of 14 years is sweet until she isnít, and she has a habit of marking every once in a while that drives me nuts.
Our dog, all two and a half years of her, is so energetic that two walks, and lots of play, seem to just scratch her surface. She needs a job, and Iím struggling to give her one.

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« Reply #63 on: February 18, 2023, 10:24:51 AM »
Alas, each of our pets has chosen the run-up to Christmas to leave us with only memories. Three years in a row, and we're done. There's a shiny RV in our driveway and the open road beckons...

We donated a bunch of no-longer-needed pet stuff to a rescue organization this week and I had to visit all the cats. Didn't bring one home, but the pull was strong.

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« Reply #64 on: February 18, 2023, 10:45:12 AM »
Is it normal where you all live to bring all senior dogs to the vet TWICE a year for routine checkups? That seems like a new thing to meÖ Maybe thatís always been standard treatment and I didnít realize it.

I have two old dogs and I donít take them to the vet as often as the vet wants me to. Theyíre constantly blowing up my phone with reminders to schedule appointments that I donít plan to schedule. Once a year is sufficient to renew their heartworm prescriptions. She always finds something vaguely wrong with one or both of them and starts a litany of additional expensive testing that never leads to any kind of diagnosis or helpful treatment. Sheís probably trying her best but itís starting to feel like a scam. I have no problem spending money on food, toys, and grooming. But Iím becoming increasingly skeptical that my vet is doing anything useful. And itís costing a stupid amount of money for minimal, if any, value.

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« Reply #65 on: February 18, 2023, 02:28:32 PM »
Is it normal where you all live to bring all senior dogs to the vet TWICE a year for routine checkups? That seems like a new thing to meÖ Maybe thatís always been standard treatment and I didnít realize it.

I have two old dogs and I donít take them to the vet as often as the vet wants me to. Theyíre constantly blowing up my phone with reminders to schedule appointments that I donít plan to schedule. Once a year is sufficient to renew their heartworm prescriptions. She always finds something vaguely wrong with one or both of them and starts a litany of additional expensive testing that never leads to any kind of diagnosis or helpful treatment. Sheís probably trying her best but itís starting to feel like a scam. I have no problem spending money on food, toys, and grooming. But Iím becoming increasingly skeptical that my vet is doing anything useful. And itís costing a stupid amount of money for minimal, if any, value.

Was your veterinary clinic recently purchased by a private equity firm or another new owner? This sounds like a pretty classic case of a professional service provider taking advantage of information asymmetry to upsell you and extract more margin. Same with a dentist recommending a filing or crown when one isn't really needed since they know you have no way of telling for yourself unless you go to all the hassle of a second (or third opinion).

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« Reply #66 on: February 18, 2023, 06:06:59 PM »
Unless my dogs are ill they only go to the vet once a year for a checkup.  Vet prices locally have really escalated and the way they practice is much different than in the past.

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« Reply #67 on: February 19, 2023, 12:04:59 PM »
Is it normal where you all live to bring all senior dogs to the vet TWICE a year for routine checkups? That seems like a new thing to meÖ Maybe thatís always been standard treatment and I didnít realize it.

I have two old dogs and I donít take them to the vet as often as the vet wants me to. Theyíre constantly blowing up my phone with reminders to schedule appointments that I donít plan to schedule. Once a year is sufficient to renew their heartworm prescriptions. She always finds something vaguely wrong with one or both of them and starts a litany of additional expensive testing that never leads to any kind of diagnosis or helpful treatment. Sheís probably trying her best but itís starting to feel like a scam. I have no problem spending money on food, toys, and grooming. But Iím becoming increasingly skeptical that my vet is doing anything useful. And itís costing a stupid amount of money for minimal, if any, value.

Was your veterinary clinic recently purchased by a private equity firm or another new owner? This sounds like a pretty classic case of a professional service provider taking advantage of information asymmetry to upsell you and extract more margin. Same with a dentist recommending a filing or crown when one isn't really needed since they know you have no way of telling for yourself unless you go to all the hassle of a second (or third opinion).

I like the dentist office comparison; Iíve definitely been subject to some heavy-handed tactics by shady dentist before. I donít think thereís a new owner but itís a new-to-me vet after I moved during the early pandemic days. It was the only one nearby even taking new patients because there is a massive vet and vet tech shortage in the area. That should tell me somethingÖ Iíve heard itís an absolutely terrible field to work in. But thanks for validating my concerns about upselling. I tried to search online but the few articles that came up were just more vet offices pushing the twice-yearly visits for all senior dogs with vague claims about how this helps them treat vague problems faster. It probably does from time to time. But when routine visits and lab work now apparently cost hundreds of dollars alreadyÖ

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« Reply #68 on: February 19, 2023, 12:07:33 PM »
Unless my dogs are ill they only go to the vet once a year for a checkup.  Vet prices locally have really escalated and the way they practice is much different than in the past.

Glad to know Iím not the only one who noticed changes in price and practices!

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« Reply #69 on: February 19, 2023, 12:28:27 PM »
I donít know how much I spend.

It doesnít matter.