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How Much Does it Really Cost to Own a Dog?

Petmate Academy

April 23, 2018

Dogs are our best companions but caring for them isn’t cheap. We want to give our dogs a happy and fulfilled life, so we spend money on new toys, healthy foods, and veterinary visits. Have you ever wondered how much the average pet parent really spends each year on their dog? Well, here’s your answer.

Let’s start from the beginning. Adopting a puppy can cost up to $300+ and purchasing a puppy can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to $1,500 or more, depending on the breed. Once you have added a new furry family member to your home, the next step is to purchase necessities such as food, toys, beds, leashes, and collars. You must also include grooming, veterinary care, training classes, and pet-sitters. The total cost of these items can range from $1,400 to $4,300.  

When your puppy is old enough, you need to start thinking about neutering and spaying expenses. Neutering and spaying can cost around $160 or even more if your dog is unhealthy or obese. However, don’t worry about these initial, one-time expenses; the overall cost of your puppy in the first year is double the price of what you will pay for him every year after.   

How Much Does it Really Cost to Own a Dog?

So, what does a dog owner spend on their furry friend annually? According to the American Kennel Club, pet parents can spend an average of $2,489 a year on their dogs after the first year of ownership. Interestingly, this number has only increased over time and will continue to do so in the future. However, it is important to note that the average annual price of your sweet pup will vary depending on his breed and size. Small dogs with healthy backgrounds are less expensive to care for than large dogs, or dogs that are susceptible to more health issues. Yes, these numbers are intimidating at first glance, but don’t let them scare you; the benefits that dogs bring into our lives are priceless.

To prepare for the cost of your furry friend, you should make a budget plan that will show you where you need to save money and where you have room to spend money. One excellent way to save money is by picking up dog toy value packs. These usually contain 3-4 separate products that are combined into one convenient value pack. Purchasing multiple items in a set is a lot cheaper than buying them separately. In your budget plan, you must also include any unexpected costs such as emergency veterinary visits or surgeries.

If you are considering getting a dog, it is important that you prebudget your costs accordingly so that you can give your new furry friend a great life. Although dogs can be pricey, their overwhelming love and companionship is well worth the cost.



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