Owning a pet in Singapore can be expensive. One visit to a vet in Singapore averages $40 to $250 for consultations, with medication and operation costs on top of that.
When you add it all together, the average dog owner in Singapore spends $25,800 over ten years, while a cat owner spends at least $15,000 over the same period, according to some local research. You can see an item by item breakdown of costs here – from the cost of adoption to grooming costs and accessories.
There are ways to reduce the cost of owning a pet, but it is important to be smart about it. Start with the basics, such as removing potted plants that are poisonous to your pets.
“Saving money is important but you also have to think about your pet’s health and welfare,” says veterinarian educator Dr Simone Maher.
Here’s how to keep your pets healthy and happy, and avoid the expensive pitfalls.