Pet Myths Debunked

Get the facts straight to keep your pet safe.

By Leah Zerbe


Debunking common pet misconceptionsMyth #6: Everyone can afford a pet.

The reality: While in a perfect world everyone would be able to own a pet, the reality is it costs hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars a year just to properly feed your pet and make sure it's getting proper preventive care from a veterinarian. "If you can't afford food for yourself, it's not the right time to get a pet," Dr. Rubin says. If you'd like to spend time with animals but don't have the funds, consider fostering through a local animal rescue group or volunteering at an animal shelter.