East Yorkshire residents urged to research cost of owning a pet

Published: Thursday 19th November 2015 by KCFM

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A veterinary charity has urged people in East Yorkshire to think carefully before buying a pet this Christmas – as many underestimate the costs involved.

The warning comes after research revealed more than one in 10 people (13 per cent) believe owning a pet would only cost up to £500 during its lifetime.

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals calculates that the cost of owning a cat is £17,000, while dog owners could fork out between £16,000 and £31,000.

Senior veterinary surgeon Sean Wensley believes many people are not carrying out the appropriate research into costs before buying a pet.

He said: “There’s a lot of impulse buying of pets we’re concerned about.

“I guess there’s a bit of a want-it-now culture. We’re keen to encourage prospective owners to get in touch with their vets and do their research first.

“When you start thinking about the costs of preventative health care, maybe you put them in with pet sitters when you go away, grooming, the cost can be many more times than people think.”

PDSA research also discovered that almost quarter (22 per cent) of people would consider buying a dog from a puppy farm – where dogs are usually bred in high volumes for profit, with little or no consideration for their health or welfare.

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Published: Thursday 19th November 2015 by KCFM

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