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The high cost of keeping a pet

A report in Listin Diario on 20 November 2017 suggests that caring for a pet dog can cost RD$7,000 to RD$18,000 per month and that pet food alone may add RD$1,000 to RD$4,000 a month to the family budget. “To keep a pet health, fed well, looking good and comfortable is an investment, a luxury,” reports the Listin Diario.

The newspaper reminds those considering buying their children a pet for Christmas that on top of the price of the pet they will have to add vet vaccination services, deworming, surgeries, grooming and dental services. The president of the Dominican Association of Veterinarians (Colvet-RD) Félix Flores says pet’s health is important because it can affect the health of their owners. He explained that pets (dogs, cats, birds) carry microorganisms and parasites on their paws, skin and feathers. The veterinarians say that taking care of pets is not an expense, rather an investment.

From January to July 2016 imports of pet food was more than RD$140 million, another RD$19 million was imported in veterinarian products.

Flores says there are around 1,500 active veterinarians in the country. “Since economic conditions of citizens in this country have improved, there are now more businesses that offer services to help care and handle pets,” said Flores.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Nov 23, 2017

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