Preventative care is important for your dog, but there are frequent costs to consider such as food, toys, and care (i.e. doggy daycare or dog walkers). Don’t forget to factor in the following, when budgeting for a dog:
Food, Probiotics, & Supplements: Purchasing a higher quality food is also a way to practice preventative care, but many dog owners opt for cheaper food within their budget. A 30-pound bag of basic dog food will cost around $100-250 a year while a higher quality food in the same size will be about double the price.
Supplements and probiotics are great to use with a high-quality food because will keep your dog healthier, overall and it’s a worthy investment.
Food/Water Dish or Feeders: Dog food and water bowls can range from inexpensive and basic to a feeder style stand which costs around $50. You may certainly designate a bowl from your cupboards, but make sure it’s easy to keep clean and free from chips or cracks.
Collar and Leash: The cost of your dog’s collar and leash will greatly depend on how “fancy” you want to get. For a basic collar and leash combo, you will pay around $50.
Toys: Some dogs like to play with toys, others do not. If you’re bringing home a puppy, you may want to purchase more toys to help keep him or her busy. Depending on the amount of toys you buy, you could spend hundreds of dollars a year. Be sure to buy high-quality pet toys that are difficult to destroy.
Dog Care to Dog Walkers: Whether you enroll your pup in training school, go to doggy daycare, have him or her walked daily, or a pet sitter, you could easily spend up to a couple of hundred dollars a month. Consider the cost a worthy investment for adequate and professional care when you can’t be there.
Grooming: Many dog owners pay for grooming, but with the right grooming products, you can save a fortune and in turn, bond with your dog.