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?

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    Only if you claim them as dependents. =)
    – JohnFx
    Mar 19, 2010 at 14:09
  • Well they don't exactly contribute to the household... ;-)
    – Nat_Rea
    Mar 20, 2010 at 2:40
  • Sure they do! Dogs and cats contribute to the security of house and home (when they want to). :-)
    – Zephyr
    Mar 20, 2010 at 14:23

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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

  • I would expect that if the animal in question was part of your business (such as a farm animal, or a security dog) then you could probably claim vet bills as a business expense. Mar 11, 2011 at 19:37

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.

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