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Pet Insurance? Seriously?!: The Pet Cost Budgeting Quiz
by Staff
You love your pet, but you don't love the costs that come along with taking care of your furry friend. Test yourself on your knowledge of pet care budgeting.

According to the ASPCA, how much might you expect to pay in medical costs each year if you own a large dog?

  • $140
  • $260
  • $500

Which of these animals is cheapest to feed?

  • Rabbit
  • Small dog
  • Cat

What percentage of cats and dogs at shelters are purebreeds?

  • 10 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent

By how much do veterinarians typically mark up the cost of pet medicines?

  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent
  • 100 percent

If your dog lives to age 15, how much can you expect to spend in care?

  • $6,500
  • $8,600
  • $14,000

If you have a cat or dog, on which of these items will you spend the most money?

  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Pet toys

How much do Americans spend annually on pet products and services?

  • $30 million
  • $48 million
  • $57 million

How often does the ASPCA recommend that you bathe your dog?

  • Once a week
  • Once a month
  • Once every three months

When you trim your cat's nails yourself, you need to watch out for the vein that runs into the nail, which is called the:

  • Artery
  • Quick
  • Cuticle

Which of these is the most popular pet in America?

  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Fish

How many U.S. households own a dog?

  • 30 million
  • 41 million
  • 46 million

To keep your dog or cat healthy, how often should you see the vet for check-ups?

  • Once a year
  • Once every six months
  • Once every 3 months

How often do you need to brush a short-haired cat?

  • Once a day
  • Three times a week
  • Once a week

To make sure your female cat doesn't give birth to any unwanted kittens, you should have which of these procedures done on her?

  • Spaying
  • Neutering
  • Hysterectomy

To make sure your pet is getting the most complete nutrition, look for these words on the pet food label:

  • Super premium
  • Nutrient-dense
  • Complete and balanced

Which of these dogs will save you the most money in vet bills?

  • Pug
  • Mutt
  • Cocker spaniel

What percent of dogs have dental disease by age 4?

  • 50 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 80 percent

To clean your pet's ears, which of these should you use?

  • Cotton ball
  • Q-tip
  • Wash cloth

Spaying your pet not only prevents an unwanted litter, but it can also protect against which of these diseases?

  • HIV
  • Breast cancer
  • Diabetes

If your dog needed cataract surgery, about how much will it cost you?

  • $1,500
  • $2,600
  • $3,200