Unfortunately, many people do not understand that there are many related costs to dog ownership and wind up not budgeting enough money that leaves them short on some of their dog supplies or veterinary care that is essential for a healthy pet. Here are 6 things you want to budget for when considering adopting a dog.
- The expense of the dog itself
If you adopt from a dog shelter like the humane society that you will probably pay a couple hundred dollars. The money goes back to the shelter to care for more animals so it is money well spent. If you choose a pure bred dog from a breeder, then you will most likely pay thousands for your dog but you will be getting the specific breed you need and the ability to breed and show your pet with the prospect of earning some money.
- Veterinary checkup
Whether your new four legged buddy comes from a classified ad, the humane society or a breeder you will have to schedule a visit with your vet for a baseline checkup and any booster shots. This is quite important as it will make it possible for you to get on program for any vaccine boosters in addition to start worming if needed.
Part of the cost to adopt a puppy is the vaccines that each and every dog must have. Rabies, kennel cough, lyme disease and a couple of others will likely be recommended by your veterinarian. Although your dog may come with some of them having already been completed, a number require a booster following 6 weeks. Additionally, the animal shelter or breeder may not provide some of the newer vaccines such as lyme disease so that you can elect to have your vet do so if it is desired.
- Any medical procedures neuter/spay
If your pet has not been neutered or spayed then you ought to have that done. Additionally, if it is not a pure bred dog, there could be some other minor problems like dental scaling that will need to be performed to ensure that your pet is in tip top condition. You might even wish to get a microchip implanted.
- Dog food
Obviously part of the ongoing expense of pet ownership is food, but if you are asking how much does it cost to adopt a dog then you probably need a fantastic idea of overall expenses and pet food is one of these. Obviously, bigger dogs will want more food but no matter what size your new pooch is you need to decide on a good quality dog food. When you bring your pet home however, you should start off feeding him the food he’s been eating at dog shelter. If you would like to switch to some other food, then slowly introduce that by mixing in the new food with the old in varying quantities.