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Attention, Dog Owners: Fort Lauderdale is the Second Most Expensive City in the Nation To Have a Pup

There’s no question that dogs are part of the family. They’re always happy to see you, they make excellent cuddlers and they’re always ready to lend a big, floppy listening ear.

Yes, their love is unconditional – but it can come at a price.

Fort Lauderdale was named the second most expensive city in the United States to own a dog. Our hometown was preceded only by San Francisco. 

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For the analysis, 116 cities nationwide were given scores based on costs for healthcare, pet-friendly buildings and day care/pet-sitting services. Data was collected by real estate site Redfin, pet medical insurance company Trupanion and dog-sitting site Rover.com, and the scores were averaged to determine where each city ranked.

In Fort Lauderdale, pet-friendly rentals cost about 12 percent more per month than the average for all rentals, according to the findings. At nearly $70, the city also has the highest cost of veterinary care of the five most expensive cities on the list.

The good news? The rates for pet care services in Fort Lauderdale are below the national average of $29 per night. Still, be prepared to shell out some serious cash if you plan to go on vacation: The usual cost for petsitting in Fort Lauderdale is $26.05 per night, and the usual cost for day care is $25 per day.

Thirteen other Florida cities were included in the analysis, though none made the five most expensive or least expensive cities listings. 

Tailing Fort Lauderdale for most expensive city to own a dog in the state are Boca Raton, Miami, Aventura and West Palm Beach. The least expensive cities to own a dog in Florida are Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tallahassee.

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