If you're thinking about adding a dog to your family, this is how much it will cost you.

I grew up with dogs. I really miss having one.

Every time I think about getting one, my wife reminds me about how much responsibility they are to own.

Plus, it's not cheap.

According to mentalfloss.com"The true cost of owning a dog."

Intitial Expenses (average)

  • Adoption fees $0 - $600
  • Spay or neuter $200 - $800
  • Microchip $40 
  • Vaccinations $75 - $100
  • Collar and leash $6 - $50
  • Food bowls $10 - $50
  • Food $40 - $60
  • Poop bags  $6 - $20
  • Crate and bed $25 - $250
  • Shampoo and brushes $5 - $10
  • Stain and odor removers $10
  • Potty pads $16 - $35
  • Toys $10 to $200
  • Flea and tick $40 - $200
  • Treats $6
  • Heartworm $24 - $120
  • Teeth care $10

Total $1,487

Monthly Expenses (average)

  • Food $40 - $60
  • Toys $10
  • Flea and tick $40 - $200
  • Heartworm $24 - $120
  • Teeth care $10
  • Poop bags $6 - $20
  • Treats $6

Total $153

Optional Health Care Expenses (average)

  • Annual exam $250
  • Pet insurance $360 - $600 

Total $730

Potential Expenses (average)

  • Emergency vet bill $500 - $1,000
  • Teeth cleaning $200 - $500
  • Pet sitting $300
  • Training $240 - $600
  • Grooming $30 - $100
  • Apartment pet deposit $200 - $600
  • License $10

Total $1,000

Average Annual cost of getting a dog $3,370

Too bad dogs can't get jobs to support themselves.


 

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