When I gathered all my 2009 receipts in preparation for my Income Tax filing, I came across a large number of expenses incurred for my pets. Are these expenses tax-deductible?
Medical bills for yourself or your human companions may be: Canada Revenue
Seeing-eye dogs and the like also get special treatment Nice Doggie
There are pet medical insurance policies; but as they are often priced like human policies, they might exclude your animal if it has a pre-existing condition.
Good Luck Scott
In the US service animals are treated like durable medical equipment from a tax POV, and some expenses can be deducted. Likewise, expenses associated with working animals are business or hobby expenses than can be deducted to a certain extent.
But pets, no. Legally they are "chattels" -- property that can move. Generally speaking, you can't deduct the cost of maintaining your belongings.