The Cost Of Owning And Keeping A Pet In The Philippines

Getting an animal companion can set you back anywhere between P10,000 and P1.2 million. But the expenses don’t end there.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened,” once said French novelist and poet Anatole France.

It’s something that not only pet lovers can attest to—science also says human-animal interactions have positive effects on one’s cardiovascular well-being.

According to Animal Planet, having a pet boosts mood, improves social skills, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and aids in weight maintenance.

Though it may come at a price, it would be wise to invest in a pet companion as much as you’d invest in an insurance. If you’re looking for something to brighten up your day, here’s some information on common household pets and how much it costs to keep them.



Breed Pet store price
Tibetan Mastiff P120,000 to P300,000
Akita P20,000 to P50,000
Samoyed P100,000 to P150,000
Chow-Chow P15,000 to P35,000
Old English Sheepdog P70,000
Newfoundland Dog P100,000 to P150,000
Alaskan Malamute P60,000 to P180,000

They’re not called man’s best friend for nothing. Research says talking to dogs for even a few minutes will greatly improve your blood pressure.

However, taking care of a dog is no joke. Biologically, these animals are not so adaptive to hot climates and need to be in cold environment.

Because of their thick fur and frequent shedding, they need regular care and grooming. On average, they need around four to six cups of dog food a day to stay healthy and maintain a robust shape. They require exercise too.

Though smart and playful, they can be destructive and aggressive sometimes.

Procedure/Supply Cost
Vaccine, anti-rabies, de-worming P250-P700 per dose
Dog food P1,500-P2,000 per 22 kg sack
Grooming P500-P1,000 per session



Breed Pet store price
Persian P15,000 to P50,000
British Shorthair Blue P70,000 to P180,000
Sphynx P200,000 to P350,000
Bengal Cat P20,000 to P65,000

Though they are categorically independent and self-sustaining animals, cats require ample TLC from their owners, too.

Aside from the food, shelter, and trips to the veterinary clinic, felines need paraphernalia such as scratching logs, litter box, and playthings to maintain their physiological, and psychological well-being.

Compared to dogs, petting cats is lighter on owner’s budget as they eat less and require minimum grooming.

Procedure/Supply Cost
Vaccine, anti-rabies P250 to P700
Cat food P1,000 to P2,000 per 22kg sack
Grooming P250 to P450 per session

(Read: The Cost Of Living An Unhealthy Lifestyle In The Philippines)

Fish, birds, and exotic animals


Type/Breed Pet store price
VIP Super Red Arowana P52,000
Violet Fusion Red Arowana P45,000
Blue Base Gold Arowana P28,000
Black Diamond Stingray P12,000 to P45,000
Hyacinth Macaw P1.2 million
Ball Python Super Mojave P65,000 to 70,000
Sulcata Turtle P10,000 to P55,000
Black Palm Cockatoo P90,000 to P115,000
African Grey Parrot P20,000

They may not be the playful, huggable type of pets to keep, but they certainly are a spectacle to behold. Their mesmerizing natural appeal makes them worth your time and money. Amphibians, aquatic animals, and avian creatures, just like any other pets, require careful maintenance, too.

Equipment/Supply Cost
Fish tank P2,000 for 75 gallons
Aquarium filter P450 to P1,300
HQ fish feeds/pellets P300 to P1,200
Bird cage P500 to P13,000
Hyacinth Macaw P1.2 million
Reptile tank P3,000 to P10,000
Bird pellets P550 to P700 per kilo
Chicken meat (for snakes) P125 to P160 per kilo
African Grey Parrot P20,000