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    How Much It Costs To Own a Dog

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    When people think of having a pet dog, they often only think of the fun times and happiness that a dog brings, they often neglect to consider the dog owning costs which can be quite substantial. Many people underestimate how much it costs to own a dog, it is estimated that an average dog could cost in the region of £10,000 in it’s lifetime. This guide outlines some of the dog costs that people don’t think about when taking on a dog and shows the true extent of how much it costs to own a dog.
     

    Dog Owning Costs


    • The first thing to consider is how much the dog costs to buy. This can vary dramatically depending on the breed and who the puppy’s parents were. You could expect to pay anything from a couple of hundred pounds to a couple of thousand.

    • People may think that the initial purchase cost will be the initial outlay but in reality this will be much smaller than the overall costs to own a dog. Dog food costs will add up to a substantial amount. Consider that a lot of dogs can live at least 10 years and this will be a very high figure. The larger the dog, generally, the more it will cost, a Great Dane will eat much more than a Jack Russell during the course of it’s life.

    • Some small dogs however are quite rare and expensive to keep so the above rule does not apply to all dogs.

    • Dogs require various equipment and all this equipment for the dog costs money. You will need things such as a lead, bedding and perhaps a dog coat. This is not to mention the other equipment you may want such as a dog crate, toys any other training equipment.

    • Puppies will need vaccinations and various medications. You may think that you can save on dog owning costs by avoiding giving him vaccines but this is an expensive false economy. If your dog contracts any of the diseases that he would normally be vaccinated against, the vet bills will be very substantial and would cost a great deal more than the cost of the vaccine.

    • Many people forget to budget for obedience lessons when they are planning their dog ownership costs. Whether you physically go to a class or you buy books and/or DVD’s and attempt to train the dog yourself. A well trained puppy will mean you will enjoy dog ownership much more.

    • Pet insurance can add a lot on to your estimate of how much it costs to own a dog. Although expensive it is a very worthwhile way of spending money. A lot of veterinary bills are calculated on the dog’s weight so if you own a large dog such as a Great Dane or a Rottweiler then a procedure that involves anaesthetic could cost a fortune.

    • Most people go on holiday at least once a year and you must factor in the cost of sending your dog to a kennels or having someone look after it when working out your dog owning costs. Prices for this can vary so do some research at kennels in your local area beforehand.

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