By April 30, 2014 Read More →

Cost of Owning a Dog

CALC_dogPurchasing a dog can bring joy and happiness to you and your family for many years. However, the decision to purchase a dog should not be based on impulse nor taken lightly.

Owning a dog is not just a privilege – it’s a responsibility. These specials animals depend on us for food and shelter, and deserve so much more. If you are considering taking a dog into your life, you need to think about the commitment that dog ownership entails.

Know what you are getting into for the next 10-15 years of your life taking care of your new best friend. When you get a dog, it is a life-long commitment, as this dog will be part of your family.

See also: Cost of Owning a Horse

Families have their own needs, schedule, personality, and time and financial limitations. If you take a good hard look at your family’s situation, you can match a dog that will fit into your lives nicely but you must be prepared for the financial commitment.

The cost of the dog is just the beginning of a long financial commitment. Consider other costs like:

  • Vet bills
  • Food
  • Training
  • Collar and leash
  • Crate
  • Grooming
  • Toys

Estimate the cost of owning a dog with this calculator by FlexPetz.com

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