Learn the true cost of Dog Ownership


In the first year alone, your new best friend can cost between $700 and $2,000 excluding any special needs, such as dog walking, pet insurance, and grooming, which can raise the cost by more than $7,000. In the following years, your annual expenses may decrease slightly, or they could increase significantly, depending on any medical conditions that arise, whether you purchase pet insurance, how often you travel or are away from home, the length of Fluffy’s coat, his size and how much he eats, and other factors.

The cost of first-time supplies will be different for every dog, but the estimate above takes into account a collar and a leash, a crate, and miscellaneous expenses such as a bed and food and water bowls. Training can also be a great investment, as it may help prevent your dog from engaging in destructive behavior down the road.

Small dogs: $55/year

Medium dogs: $120/year

Large dogs: $235/year

This is the most predictable cost of owning a dog. Prices vary depending on the age and size of your dog, and the brand you decide to feed it. Premium dog foods typically have better nutritional value because of higher standards in ingredients, and although they usually cost more, the higher nutritional value means Fluffy can eat less while still meeting his health needs. Check with your vet to determine the best diet for your dog.

Small dogs: $40/year

Medium dogs: $55/year

Large dogs: $75/year

The cost of playtime is different for each dog. Some breeds are more prone to chewing and may go through their toys more quickly, leading to higher replacement costs.

Small dogs: $210/year

Medium dogs: $235/year

Large dogs: $260/year

The ASPCA cites preventive veterinary care as the number-one way to cut pet care costs. Murray recommends taking your dog in for a yearly exam, which usually includes a thorough physical from tooth to tail, as well as heartworm preventive treatment, vaccinations if needed, and flea and tick control. The cost of veterinary care will usually be higher in a big city than in a small town, and prices also tend to increase for bigger dogs because they need larger

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