Cost of Owning A Dog
Pet ownership sounds a bit indifferent. They are members of our families. Pets cost money just like families members. As responsible parents of pets, there are financial obligations that must be taken into consideration when thinking about getting a dog.
According to the ASPCA, the cost of a dog is approximately $1,000.00 per year. During the first year, the amount will be in excess of $1,000.00. We will break the costs down into one-time expenses and ongoing expenses.The first year’s one-time expenditures are as follows:
Spaying or Neutering: $200-$500 depending on the size of the dog
Initial Medical Exam: $70-$100
Collar and Leash: $30.00
Litter Box: Cat: $25
Dog crate*: $50-$150 depending on size of the dog
Dog corral: $45-$100
(*Dog crates are important when traveling with and safely transporting dogs.)
The ongoing expenses, are well, endless. Dogs need things all the time. Beds, toys, blankets, food, bowls, clothing for extreme weather, vitamins, treats, and poop bags. Dogs destroy any and or all of the items listed above. They are, after all, dogs. Chewing is their business and business is good. These are all relatively inexpensive items. Spread out over 12 months, they are affordable. But for those living on a strict budget, please think carefully and really check your budget to make sure all your pet’s needs can and will be met.
The real budget destroyer is an emergency medical situation with a pet. Can you afford a life saving treatment for your pet? If you can not budget $1000-$2000 for an urgent care treatment, you should reconsider getting a dog. At least once in a dog’s lifetime, you will likely have to make such an expenditure. Pet insurance helps, but you will still have to come up with a lot of cash.
You may think you can handle any one of these situations, but charging it to a credit card will mean big payments. This will make a dent in your monthly budget. You may also think you can handle it emotionally as well, but when you are faced with rent or your dog’s life, you will be crushed when having to make the choice.
Take the time to do your research and make sure you are prepared for this responsibility. it is the right thing to do for yourself and your four-legged true love.