Dog Health: Annual Cost Figures to Budget For Your Dog

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Dog HealthDog health costs might not have been on your mind when you decided to add a puppy to your household however, expenses can start to add up as your puppy grows into adulthood when you have to pay for food, vet visits and vaccinations as well as unexpected injuries or accidents  that may force you to make difficult decisions you might regret when it comes to your dog’s care.

This news brief gives you facts about your dog’s health care budget and offers you strategies to consider so you can plan ahead and be prepared to pay for your dog’s expenses.

Dog Health: 8 Facts About Your Dog’s Annual Costs

  1. Annual Cost – According to Country Financial, almost 30% of dog owners report that their dog cost them over $1,000 per year and 10% have spent more than $2,000.  This means that your dog may cost you over $25,000 on average if your dog lives to be 10 years old and your expenses are on the high side.
  2. Start up costs – Your costs are much reduced if you adopt a dog rather than buy one from a breeder.  Add a collar, leash, crate, bed, food, bowls and training and you’re expenses can be over $1,000 before your dog has his first meal.
  3. Dog Health Checkups – Regular annual visits to your vet vary in cost.  Plan on 2 visits at a minimum and do your homework by getting quotes from 2 or 3 veterinarians before you decide to get a dog.  Each visit to your vet could cost you $200 – $400.
  4. Food – Costs will depend on the size of your dog.  The smaller your dog, the lower your expenses will be and you can plan on an annual cost of $100 minimum and over $1,000 for a large dog and premium dog food.
  5. Dog healthGrooming – In order to keep your dog’s skin healthy and prevent ticks or fleas, it’s important to brush your dog and give your dog regular baths for the best dog health.  If you choose to get your dog professionally groomed, you can expect to pay from $250 – $500 per year.
  6. Puppy School, Boarding, Dog Walking and Training will add to your budget.  Check out these services before you decide to get your dog so there are no surprises.
  7. Toys – No matter how hard you try to avoid toys, your dog most likely needs a few of them to play with and they can get lost or destroyed very quickly.  If you are careful and don’t give in to impulse at the cash register, your annual budget for toys can stay under $100.
  8. Accidents & Dog Health Issues – Here’s where the trouble begins if your dog requires emergency care.  The costs can start from $2,000 to over $5,000 if your dog needs surgery.  Health issues and accidents like cancer and car accidents can add thousands of dollars to your dog budget.  You may want to look into dog insurance as a strategy to control your budget.

Dog Lifetime Ownership Costs

• Year One – $750 to $5,000 – Your costs will depend on the size of your dog and whether you choose to adopt your dog or purchase your dog from a breeder.  Other factors will be all of the services and products you choose to purchase as well as the chance of accidents or dog health issues.

• Annual Costs after Year One –  $500 – $7,500 – Your costs will reflect the types of food, services and products you buy for your dog.

Dog health• Lifetime Costs – If you are lucky to have a dog with a long life expectancy your costs will be higher and you should be prepared to have a budget that could reach $100,000 if you are faced with emergency care or illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

This news brief gives you estimates for the costs you can expect to own your dog.  You can now make an educated decision about whether you can afford to care for your dog. For catastrophic accidents or medical conditions, dog health insurance can limit your out-of-pocket expenses.

Share this article with your friends and family so they have the information they need before they become surprised at the cost to care for their dog.  You can always depend on the best dog health strategies from Dog Health News.

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