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Why you can't afford a dog (or cat)

By jim Published: October 7, 2009

The following article comes via MSN Money. What are your thoughts on this article? Does our love of animals cost us too much, or is the money well spent considering what animals bring to our lives, such as longer lives?

There may be room in your heart, but is there room in your budget? Making a hard decision now might prevent a heartbreaking choice later.

How much is that doggy in the window?

At least $8,000 over his lifetime -- and that's just for basic expenses. Fido costs a lot more if he gets sick, chews up your work boots or ruins the rug. Cats are even pricier.

In short, if you can't find at least an extra $800 to $1,000 in your budget every year, don't get a pet.

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