By Raechel Conover, Cheapism.com
It's no secret that a new pet comes with heavy costs in the first year. One of the major expenses involves spaying (females) or neutering (males) your dog or cat. But frugal pet owners needn't fret. There are ways to get this procedure taken care of on the cheap.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports that dog owners spend roughly $1,300 to $1,850, depending on the animal's size, while cat owners spend about $1,035 during their first year as members of the household. A big chunk of that goes towards spaying and neutering; about $190 to $220 for dogs and $145 for cats.
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Size and Gender Matter. If you're leaning towards a dog, you may want to forgo a large breed in favor of a small- or medium-size breed. Why? Costs associated with the procedure (sometimes referred to as being "altered") increase with the size of the dog. Lisa Bahr, director of operations for CentreRead More »from Cheap Ways to Spay or Neuter Your Pet