From Small Rodents to Bigger Beasts, here's how much unconditional love costs a year


Perhaps the least expensive pet you can own

At $45 per year, supplies, food and toys for hermit crabs are cheaper than a fancy crab dinner



Supplies and food are the biggest costs for these little critters (about $82 per yaer). Toys are $16, while vet bills average just $11 annually.



Sunk cost inclde aquariums, filteration equipment, test kits, decorations and lighting(which can run $100 or more), but afterthat, average annual expenses dip to $150 per year



Trust these little reptiles-geckos included- not to burn a whole in your wallet: food, medications and supplies can total less than $200 per year.



Despite their relatively small size, pet birds are not cheap. Expenses like cages, food, medications and vet bills can fly pretty high.



Annual medical costs of $4000 or more ar just the tail end. Kennel and boarding fees average $337 per year, followed by food ($203), grooming ($20), toys ($23), and other supplies ($92).



Costs can vary widely based on the age, breed and health of your dog.

Geography and climate can mean costly flea products. And size matters: to some degree, the bigger the dog, the higher your expenses will be.



Woa, Nelly! It's not easy to rein in those equine expenses. saddle up for $1,811. Then expect to mspend an average $2,392 annually on horse care, with $2,202 eaten up on food. Tack on up to $7,036 in boarding costs.

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