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How much is it to take care of a pet cat or dog in Singapore?

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Soaring temperatures in this part of the world don’t bode well for our furry friends, too, and dogs in Singapore commonly suffer from skin problems and allergies, which can cost up to S$600 to treat.

Dr Teo Boon Han, vet and managing partner at VetTrust, said: “The cost of treatment for these conditions can vary significantly, depending on whether there are underlying issues or complications. Typical veterinary fees of treatment could range from S$100 to a couple thousand dollars.”

Even at a young age, pets may need physiotherapy, too. Hip dysplasia, for instance, is an orthopaedic condition prevalent among specific dog breeds. Russell Chan, whose family welcomed Luna, an English cocker spaniel, last year when she was just three months old, noticed that she tends to bunny-hop when running or climbing the stairs.

“We thought it was cute at first, until we realised that she was avoiding the use of her right hind leg. The vet recommended hydrotherapy for Luna to strengthen her joints, which would cost at least S$100 per session,” he said.

Due to advancements in veterinary care, our pets are living longer than before. Ageing dogs like Hazel are prone to kidney troubles, and cats aren’t spared either. Dr Teo estimated that one in three cats above ten years old has chronic kidney disease. Once damaged, their kidneys have “minimal ability to heal.”

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