Can You Afford It? Budgeting For Your Dog

Can You Afford It?

You want to get a dog and shower it with love and affection.  But you also want to know you can afford to care for it too.

So often, too many people jump into choosing a dog and forget how much it’ll cost to care for.  They then end up having to rehome it because the money just doesn’t stretch far enough.  Remember that your dog is going to be around for 10 or 15 years.  That’s a lot of food, insurance and vets bills for a start!

The cost of buying a puppy is the least important cost of its whole life.  So you need to be absolutely sure you’ve got enough to cover the costs.  It’s said that you need at least $1,400 per year (about £1,000) for one average (medium sized) dog.

So here are some of  the basics you need to budget for, throughout your dog’s life:

Ongoing Costs

Here are some of the day to day costs you need to have budgeted for:

  • Food and treats
  • Pet Insurance + Vet Bill excess charge
  • Vet bills (if you don’t take out pet insurance)
  • Maintenance medication
  • Dog sitter/dog walker/kennels
  • Grooming and nail clipping
  • Dog equipment – leads, collars, beds, coats, poo bags
  • Training classes
  • Cleaning products

Just to put you a little more in the picture here:  Dog food, treats and insurance can easily add up to half the $1,400 ‘recommended’ budget. 

And the bigger the dog the more expensive everything is.

One-Off Costs

There are also some one-time costs which you might well have to find.  These include:

  • Spaying or neutering
  • Dog proofing your house and garden
  • Dog equipment for your car – dog guards, harnesses
  • Accidental damage
  • Burial/cremation

So there you are – and this isn’t even the full list. No wonder so many people find out how un-affordable their dog is in reality.

What to do next

You need to sit down and research all these costs, and make a note of them.  Ongoing ones should be estimated per month.  Then add them all up and see whether you can afford it.  If you can, you’re ready to move onto the next step.

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In the new Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Dog, I’ve covered budgeting in a lot more detail.  It’s something that you don’t often find and it’s critical to making the right choice.  After all you could decide to get a smaller dog than you were thinking about because of cost, but at least you would have a dog!

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