How much does it cost to raise a dog?

December 12, 2017 Category: PUPPIES & NEW DOGS

A dog’s love is priceless, but the costs of raising a puppy are real. Before you bring a new dog into your family, you’ll want to prepare for the long-term financial commitment that comes with raising a happy, healthy pup. Here are four key costs to expect along the way.

Initial dog costs
New-dog costs start with purchasing or adopting your dog. The prices can vary greatly, and depend on whether you’re looking to become a puppy parent, bring a purebred home or be a rescue mom. Make sure to ask the shelter or breeder about costs and if spaying, neutering or any vaccinations are included.

First-year dog costs
In a study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, two veterinary students found that depending on your dog’s size, your first-year dog costs could be approximately $2,674-$3,5361. That may sound high, but the first-year of dog ownership tends to cost the most. That’s because you’ll need to address spaying or neutering and other initial medical fees, not to mention purchasing everyday things such as a collar, leash, crate, dog bed, toys, food and treats.

Average lifetime dog costs
According to the same study, the average lifetime cost of caring for a dog is $23,4101. Divide that by the typical life expectancy for your dog’s breed and you can calculate your approximate average yearly dog costs. It’s easy to see how it only takes a few human years for the cost of food, recurring medical expenses, toys/treats, licensing, health insurance and other miscellaneous costs to add up quickly.

Unexpected dog costs
Unexpected health emergencies are the number one thing that can dramatically increase ownership costs in any given year,but taking your dog to a veterinarian for regular exams can help prevent some of these emergencies. Your veterinarian can help you find the right medications and treat minor issues before they become big problems for your dog.

If you’re doing the math on the potential costs of owning a dog, you’re already on the road to becoming a responsible dog owner. If you feel that you’re ready for the costs of raising a dog, you can look forward to getting paid back with a lifetime of love and tail wags.


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