Gatsby is one of several foster dogs in the charge of Janeye Pitchfork. Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Photo by Danny Fulgencio

As we compiled the Advocate’s annual pet issue, we wondered how much pets cost the neighborhood every year.

The answer: a lot. To be exact, we spent about $9.9 million on pet care in 2017.  (The data is derived from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and 2010 U.S. Census data, in case you were wondering.)

Pet food accounts for about $3.45 million of the total cost, and supplies and medicine accounts for $2.83 million. Other pet services cost $1 million. Trips to the veterinarian? About $2.83 million.

An estimated 10,335 families reside in Lake Highlands, according to Census data. Assuming every family has a pet, each would spend about $957 per year.

Of course, not every family has a furry friend, and some animals are more expensive. Business Insider reported the average American spends $80 per month on rats or mice, $92.98 per month on cats and $139.80 on dogs.

Lake Highlands spends more on pets than vacation homes, natural gas, water and other public services, daycare centers and furniture, respectively.

Fido aint cheap.