A leading animal charity has released an interactive calculator that warns potential pet owners just how much an animal will cost them over the course of its lifetime.

christmas-screengrab-in-featIn association with Cambridgeshire-based Wood Green, The Animals Charity, credit comparison company TotallyMoney.com has created the new online resource www.totallymoney.com/cost-of-pets/ in time for Christmas

Rehomed 4,000 animals

Wood Green has rehomed more than 4,000 animals in the past 12 months, with an increase in pet sales – and subsequent abandonments – immediately after the festive season.

All too often, the reasons given for abandonment relate to the unforeseen financial and emotional impact of owning a pet. The calculator highlights the unexpected costs associated with pet ownership, such as insurance, training and vaccinations.

Lifetime cost

The info graphic calculator is capable of estimating the lifetime cost of different sized dogs, cats, fish, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, tortoises, lizards, birds and chickens.

While animals can often seem like an ideal addition to a family, TotallyMoney.com says the overall cost can be hard to understand. Its research shows even a small dog can cost £19,224 over the course of its lifetime.

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