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Pets Can Be As Expensive As Kids

June 1st, 2008 . by economistmom

An article from the front page of the Business section in today’s Washington Post highlights how some people spend amazing amounts of money on their pets.  (The article emphasizes veterinary bills, proving that the rising health costs problem, featured in my Friday post, is not confined to human health care.) 

Sometimes these people spend that much money on their pets because their pets are effectively their only “kids.”  Others of us spend that much money on our pets because our pets are a lot like additional kids.

So have 4 human kids and 3 canine kids (and 2 hamster kids and 1 bird kid)…

Here are my 3 canine kids on Rehoboth Beach during spring break:

We take them with us when we can.   When we go to Arizona later this month, we cannot bring them.  So I’m in the process of investigating pet sitting options, including sending them to a “spa-like” vacation at a doggie resort.  It turns out there are many doggie resort options in the northern VA area (including a place called “Dogtopia”–really, check it out), because people around here have a lot of money, and some people don’t have human kids and so have even more money.

I’ll keep you posted on what I find in terms of pricing and what I end up deciding to do.

2 Responses to “Pets Can Be As Expensive As Kids”

  1. comment number 1 by: Alex Bowens

    Hi there,

    Your dogs are adorable! I happen to be the marketing director for Dogtopia and I just wanted to thank you for mentioning our service in your blog and even providing a link! If you’d like anymore info on setting up a vacation for your canine kids, please let me know! :)

  2. comment number 2 by: Sabrina

    As a mother of 5 human kids and 2 4-legged kids(one American Pointer and one lop rabbit), I completely agree. We recently spent $3200 on dental work for 3 of the humans and $834 on dental work for the dog! We are in the process of arranging for the pet travel to Macedonia, which will no doubt cost several hundred dollars as well. So yes, pets are definitely as expensive as kids, but well worth that extra expense!

    Cheers!