When it comes to buying a pet, there is a good chance that you have already thought about how much this is going to cost. If you haven’t, now is the time to consider this detail. The last thing you want to believe is that owning a pet is an inexpensive endeavor. No matter what type you buy, you are going to spend money upfront as well as in the future.

The first thing to think about is how much the pet itself costs. As you will find out, there is a big difference in cost from one type of pet to the next. For instance, buying a purebred dog is going to be more expensive than a rabbit. If cost is something that is on your mind, make sure you think about the type of pet you are going to purchase.

What supplies do I need to get started? The day that you take your pet home you need to have the right supplies on hand. Again, what you end up buying and how much it costs is going to greatly depend on the type of pet that you purchase. It is a good idea to ask the owner or pet store what you will need. It is better to get the right supplies from the start, than to find out later on that you do not have what you need.

Ongoing “maintenance” should also be considered when buying a pet. Sure, you are spending money upfront but this is going to continue into the future as well. For example, a dog will need to be groomed and checked by a vet on a regular basis. Do you know how much this will cost? Are you will and able to handle these expenses as they come up? You should also note that you never know when an emergency will strike. Your pet could get sick at anytime. In turn, you will need to visit a vet – which will obviously cost some money.

If possible, write out an estimate of buying and owning a pet. This will give you a good idea of what you are getting into from the start. By doing this, you may find that you need to change your preference in terms of the type of pet and/or begin to budget your money better.

Once you have an idea of how much it costs to buy and own a pet, you will be able to make a better decision moving forward.