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It's no secret that we are an animal-loving nation. More than 40% of Aussies have at least one dog and 29% have at least one cat - that's millions of happy owners and even happier animals.

  • 41% of Aussies have at least one dog and 29% have at least one cat - that's millions of happy owners and even happier animals.
  • 32% of pet owners in Australia have pet insurance and 60% of those think they're getting good value for money.

We've been reaching out to Australians, here's what they said.

The average amount spent at the vets per year

State/TerritoryAnnual spend at the vet*
WA$746
NSW$678
QLD$603
SA$558
VIC$530
National Average$626

The average cost of pet insurance for cats and dogs

We crunched the numbers in Australia and checked 560 dog breeds and 96 cat breeds. Here are the average prices of pet insurance for 5-year old dog and cat per month:

Average amount owners are willing to pay at the vets before considering putting it down

AnimalAmount
Dog$4,128
Cat$2,137
Horse$1,501
Bird$352
Reptile$216
Hamster / guinea pig / mouse / rat / rabbit$191
Fish$191

The cost of owning a pet

RSPCA data shows that the cost of a dog over the course of its life can be up to $15,000, whereas the cost of a cat is $12,000.

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