Introduction

Before bringing home your fur baby, you’ve probably decked out your house with all the things little Fifi or Fido will need, like toys, bowls, leashes, and a bed. But have you considered how much owning a dog will cost you for the years to come? According to one study, the annual cost of owning a dog can rack up to between $1400 and $4300, not including many of the initial costs. This of course is all relative to your lifestyle, and your doggo’s breed and health. Your pupper is sure to pay you back in full with love and joy, but it’s important to consider some of the biggest annual expenses so you can be the best pet-parent you can be.

Food

Dog food is probably the first and most obvious expense that comes to mind. This cost can vary dramatically depending on your dog’s breed, and the quality of food you’re buying. It could be somewhere between $250 and $700 per year. If your dog has unique nutritional needs, you may be spending much more. Keep in mind that buying high-quality food could save you a lot of money and pain in the long run.

Healthcare

Some of the annual expenses that fall under healthcare include pet insurance, an annual exam, and preventative medication and supplements. As your faithful companion grows older, you’ll likely be spending more on medications for health problems or pain management. Overall, your pups healthcare could cost you between $700-$1500 per year, not including pet emergencies. It’s wise to set aside some savings so if an emergency does occur you’ll be prepared to cover the expense. Your pooch will thank you for it!

Toys and Treats

Toys and treats can go a long way in your dog’s training, and overall happiness! Dog toys not only encourage playtime and bonding between you and your pal, but provide essential mental stimulation. Especially in puppyhood, your little fella will need things to chew on. Depending on how much you indulge, you could be spending between $25 and $150 annually on toys and treats. This is something you don’t want to leave out of the budget, for the sake of your dog’s mental and physical health.

Miscellaneous

There is a long list of miscellaneous and unexpected expenses that may come up throughout the year in owning a dog. Costs in grooming could be a big expense depending on your dog’s breed, or costs in boarding, depending how much you travel. You may also want to invest in some obedience classes, it may save your furniture and a lot of frustration! Leashes, beds, and collars will also need to be replaced over time. By preparing for the unexpected, being a great pet-parent is pawsible for anyone.
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