Costs of Owning a Dog
|Type of Expense||Yearly Cost|
|Food and Treats||$250 - $700|
|Toys||$25 - $150|
|Beds||$50 - $200|
|Leashes and Collars||$20 - $50|
|Grooming||$30 - $500|
|Routine Veteranery Care||$500 - $1000|
|Preventative Medications and Supplements||$100 - $300|
|Training Classes or Resources||$25 - $300|
|Pet Sitters and Boarding||$100 - $300|
|Total Yearly Cost Range||$1100 - $3500|
|Monthly Cost Range||$90 - $290|
When I first saw this chart I was astounded.
The basic math of a dog that lives to be 12 years old at $1100 a year and suddenly you are at 13,200. It is an eye opening number especially when you consider that this does not even touch the cost of the dog. Most importantly it does not address the emergency vet visit or the chronic illness that a dog may develop.
Over the years, Dan and I have noticed the increase in puppy inquiries from people who have lost their last Golden due to health problems that lasted for years. Not only did the health problems cost thousands of dollars but they cost the dog in the quality of life.
What can you do to keep the costs reasonable?