Introduction

While owning a dog can bring you endless benefits and joy to your life, getting a dog is not something that should be done impulsively without considering the costs. The last thing you want is to be unable to care for your fur-baby properly because of limited cash flow. Aside from the expenses incurred from bringing home your dog, the monthly bills can quickly add up. One recent study showed that Americans spend on average $126 every month on their furry pals. By making sure that you can afford the costs, you can bring home your new puppy ready to be the best pet-parent you can be. Your pup is sure to pay you back in full through licks, wags, and cuddles.

Food

One of the most consistent costs in dog ownership, from the day you take your puppy home onward, is dog food. The price of dog food can vary greatly, depending on the size of your dog and the quality of food you get. A higher quality, holistic dog food can help your pup have a healthier life now and in the future. Ensuring your dog isn’t allergic to anything in the food is another way to prevent expensive vet bills!

Healthcare

Speaking of vet bills, healthcare for your pupper could cost you little to nothing, or it can break your bank. With older dogs, medication for joint pain or other health problems should be added to your monthly budget. From day one, it’s wise to set aside some money every month in case of an emergency. Some pet parents opt for pet insurance, which will add to your monthly bills, but could save you a lot of money in the long run.

Groom and Board

Some expenses that could creep up every month are grooming and boarding. To keep your pupper looking in tip top shape, costs in grooming vary greatly depending on the breed. A Dachshund takes much less work to wash and brush than an Old English Sheepdog! All dogs however need their nails trimmed regularly, whether you do it yourself or take them to get a pawdicure. If you’re out of town often, boarding fees are another cost to be taken into consideration.

Toys and Treats

No doubt you want to shower your best pal with love and affection, often through toys and treats. These can incur a monthly expense you’ll want to add to your budget. Especially in puppyhood, chew toys are essential to keep your pup from chewing your upholstery. Treats offer a huge help in training as well. No matter the age of your dog, toys and playtime will help your canine companion stay active, mentally stimulated, and stave off loneliness and depression.
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