Have you ever really thought about the actual cost of dog ownership? It's not an inexpensive proposition and all too often people fail to factor in the hidden expense of caring for a dog. Listed below are things you should consider before adopting a dog. Please read carefully and decide if you are ready for the commitment and responsibility of owning and properly caring for a dog.
Having and loving a dog is not a right, but a privilege!
The following items reflect the average costs of properly caring for a 40-50 lb. dog. Larger dogs cost a bit more, small dogs cost a bit less. This list is for information purposes only.
$24 per month ($240 per year) for a premium food such as Science Diet, Iams, or Pro Plan (costs based on 40 lb. bags of food, 20 lbs. consumed per month)
$10 per month ($120 per year) for various dog treats
$100 - $300 for annual vaccinations and heartworm checks and medications as preventative
$40 - $65 for a year's supply of heartworm prevention
$70+ for flea/tick prevention
$25 for each grooming session
$14 - $50 per night for boarding the pet, or having a pet sitter come in during your vacations
$50 - $150 for toys and miscellaneous items (this can go much higher!)
$50 - $150 for a crate
Obedience training (highly recommended!) - $120 for an 8-week program. Some programs offer discounts for rescued pets.
Fencing - Actual or Electronic can cost hundreds or thousands.
Older dogs often have more medical expenses (just like people!)
Your annual outgoings could exceed as much as $1,500 to ensure that your dog is provided with the care he or she deserves.