Ways Having Pets Prepares You For Parenthood

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Adjusting your budget

Many people aren’t prepared for the costs of having a pet. They can be shocked that it’s not just food. A simple checkup with some bloodwork can run you well over $200. What about flea medication? Heartworm prevention? Dietary supplements? You quickly learn you should probably have pet insurance, so that’s a new expense. There may be grooming involved, depending on the breed. And then there’s paying for sitters when you travel or walkers if you have to go to work. Then again, there are many couples who love to spoil their pets and spend more on them than other family members, according to one study. But ultimately, you’ll need to discuss money a lot when you have a pet. You’ll need to do it even more when you have kids, so it’s good to get practice in early.

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