Before you buy a pet you need to keep one thing in mind: this can be very expensive. Not only are you going to spend money when you buy your pet, but over the long haul you will find this to be true as well. That being said, money alone should not hold you back from making a purchase – as long as you have enough in your budget.

Here are four things to think about when it comes to pets and their expenses:

1. Food. No matter if you buy a cat, dog, or another type of pet, you will need to buy the proper type of food on a regular basis. You should price this out in advance, while also getting a better idea of how much you will need to buy each month. Do not underestimate how much some pets can eat.

2. Grooming. Are you buying a type of pet that will need to be groomed on a regular basis? For instance, many breeds of dogs fit into this category. While you may be able to do some things on your own, there will be times when you have to hire the assistance of a professional groomer.

3. Vet bills. Although thinking about it can be heart breaking, you will probably have to take your pet to the vet at some point in time. Even if it is perfectly healthy, regular checkups are necessary. Along with this, you never know what your vet will suggest in terms of preventative medicine and other items.

4. Emergencies. At anytime your pet can get sick or injured. This is not something you can plan for, but instead it pops up out of nowhere. While this can be very scary, if you have the money on hand you can get your pet the proper care in no time at all. If you are lucky you will never have an emergency with your pet. But remember, you never know what the future holds. You should at least consider the fact that this could happen.

As you can see by now, pets can be very expensive. Some expenses you will see coming; others will appear without any notice. At the very least, you should now be aware of the four expenses detailed above. By considering these, you will have an idea of what to expect so you can better plan for the future.