While the benefits that a dog brings to someone’s life are numerous and invaluable, dog ownership does come with a price tag, so it is important to consider all the financial implication of owning a dog beforehand to avoid any potential issues down the line – responsibilities of a pet owner . Doing your research and due diligence in advance is important for the dog’s sake too as it will make it more likely that a dogs first home is their forever home.
The cost of owning a dog is about much more than just the expense of food, so being aware of all the costs involved will help you to assess whether it is affordable and give you the chance to organise a doggie budget beforehand.
Being aware of ALL the costs
With that being said, the costs that are covered in this article, while they are some of the most obvious ones, this list is by no means exhaustive! Be aware that there are other costs to factor in such as beds, leashes and collars, potential training, dog sitters, grooming and
routine/unexpected veterinary care or any other medical costs.
If you are really invested in getting a dog but need a bit of financial help to get you started, providing you are in a responsible position for repayments you could consider taking out a small personal loan from a reputable provider.
Choosing your dog
If you are looking to go for a new dog or puppy then this will carry more cost than going for the rehoming option. Also, when it comes to breed, purebred dogs are more expensive than any other dogs, and it’s also important to consider any common health issues that might be an issue for the different breeds as this could end up costing a fortune in vet costs down the line. Adopting from a shelter can cost as little as $50, and as well as making a saving, you would be doing a great deed by giving a dog a second chance at life.
The first vet visit
Irrespective of where you get your dog, the first thing you should always do is take it to the vets for it to have a full health check and to ensure that it is fully vaccinated. The first visit can cost anything between $50 and $300. If you have decided to get a puppy, be mindful that they will need to visit the vets every few weeks until they are about 16 weeks old, each vet visit will be in the same price range as the first visit depending on their needs.
Food and treats
Making sure your dog has a good quality diet is paramount to ensure their long-lasting health and longevity. Food expenses could cost anywhere from $20 to $80 dollars per month, depending on your dog’s size and exercise needs and how many treats they get!
Toys are important to ensure that your dog stays mentally stimulated as well as gets enough exercise. This could cost anything from $25 to $200 per year depending on whether you have got a ‘chewer’ or not!