The cost of dog ownership enters into every decision to bring a dog
into the family. If you are thinking of bringing a dog into your home
you are not alone, with 46.3 million U.S. Households owning a dog. In
general, costs range from $500/yr to $1825 a year depending on the size
of the dog. For details see the table below.
The chart below outlines
how much it typically costs to own a small, medium and large dog.
a large dog like an Irish
Setter, then your costs can be higher than caring for smaller dog.
Another big part of keeping costs low is to keep your dog healthy with
regular visits to the Vet. It is estimated that 68% of dogs do not get
adequate health care. Veterinary care is often the reason cited for not
owning a dog (30%, American Humane Society, 2012 survey).
One Time and Annual Cost of Dog Ownership
Cost Varies By Size and Breed
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Bringing Down The Annual Cost of Dog Care
are some money saving suggestions to help pay for a dog of any size:
Comparison Shop: Compare
the prices of higher prices items such
as flea and tick products starting with low cost online retailers such
as Amazon. Small price reductions can help to
significantly bring down the cost of dog ownership.
Check with Veterinarians and
National Chains for Care: Shop
around for prices on vaccinations. If you have budgetary limitations,
don't be afraid to discuss this with your Vet. Your Doctor will
prioritize those treatments that are critical versus those that can
wait. In general, the earlier a dog is treated, the faster a dog will
recover and the lower it will cost you as a pet parent.
Exercise Your Dog:
Keeping your dog at the correct weight along with adequate exercise
will go a long way toward keeping a dog healthy.
Spay or Neuter at a Shelter:
Many shelters offer lower cost
spaying and neutering services
Buy Dog Food from Wholesale
Clubs, Walmart or online at theAmazon
Dog Food Store: Buying from these stores can save you money. As
long as the dog food is AAFCO
certified (Association of American Feed Control Officials) in the U.S.,
it should be considered safe and good for a healthy dog. The rule of
thumb is to buy a brand that you have heard or have researched
thoroughly. The other rule of thumb is to feed your dog like you would
your family in terms of health standards. If you believe in natural
ingredients for yourself, then do the same for your dog.
Sign up for Frequent Shopper
Programs: Many of the national
retail pet supply companies offer loyalty program discounts or check
online sites such as PetSmart
that offer special discounts during holiday periods.
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Consider Dog Health Insurance:
Compare the cost of insurance to what you can afford if your dog gets
sick. It doesn't hurt to get a free quote from a reputable company such
Best. Only insure those things you can't afford such as
surgery and illness. A dog health insurance cost for budget planning
purposes starts at approximately $16 a day for basic care which covers
$5,000 a year, lifetime coverage of $100,000 and covers your dog for
accidents, illnesses and cancer.
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