Can You Afford a Dog?
What does it cost to be a responsible dog owner? You’ve probably heard it’s not cheap. But there are many factors to be considered, and the answer to that question can be varied.
Owning and caring for a dog properly costs around $580 to $875 yearly, depending on the pet’s size. Monthly, that’s about $70. If you don’t have that disposable income on a monthly basis, you can work harder to earn more for your dog or skimp on your pet’s care needs. For instance, Pet-Lock is an established name in flea and tick treatment, but if you think the brand is too expensive, you’ll have to settle for a cheaper product and thus compromise on quality. Which isn’t fair to your dog. Being ready for dog ownership not only means being able to buy high quality flea medicine from Pet-Lock, but also having the ability to provide for all of the dog’s needs without sacrificing quality.
If you check out puppy ads, online or in traditional media, you will see that they are quite expensive. Even adopting from a shelter will cost you above $100. And then there are those one-time costs for such things as a collar, toys, a crate, a license, and so on, increasing your costs by at least 100%. If the dog isn’t spayed, you will eventually have to pay about $200 to get that done, plus another $200 if your dog happens to have only one testicle. Many shelters include spaying/neutering costs in the adoption fee, so do some research before going to visit.
As a dog lover, you’ll always want your pet to be active and happy. Unfortunately, activity comes with the risk of accidents and injuries. Broken bones and torn ligaments can cost you hundreds of dollars to fix. You don’t want to postpone a crucial – maybe even life-saving – procedure for your pet simply because you don’t have the money for it now. For those unexpected costs, you may want to consider getting pet health insurance. There are plans that cover everything that your pet needs to stay healthy, such as vaccinations, preventive treatments (such as for heartworm), and even spaying/neutering. This can cost about $200-300 yearly, but it can save you a lot more than that in the long run.
Of course, there are those expenses that cannot be avoided, such as flea treatment. You can also choose cheaper brands, but Pet-Lock is a trusted name and you shouldn’t hesitate investing in quality. Pet-Lock has an entire array of dog products that can help make pet care effective and safe.
As you can see, owning a dog isn’t cheap, but that shouldn’t stop you from exploring the possibility. Perhaps you can postpone getting one until you feel you are ready, not only financially but in every other way. As you may already know, owning a dog isn’t just expensive, but it also demands patience and time. The financial aspect may not be hard for some, but at the end of the day, it’s your love and commitment to your pet that makes a difference. Finally, don’t hold back from giving your pet the best, like dog care products made by trusted brands such as Pet-Lock. Again, the long-term benefits are all worthwhile.
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