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Can You Afford To Adopt A Dog?


If you are in the process of adopting a dog, you are most probably incredibly excited. While dog ownership comes with some incredible benefits, one of which being that you’ll have a loving and loyal companion. Being the parent of a furbaby, can come with quite a few costs.

Don’t get us wrong here, we’re not trying to put you off adopting a furry buddy for your family. We just want to ensure that you don’t take on a dog if financially, you can’t take care of him properly. The last thing you want is to adopt a pup, fall in love, and then have to give him away because you can’t afford to keep him. (This really is the worst scenario – it’s horribly sad for everyone involved.)

To prevent this from happening, make sure that before you adopt a dog that you take into account all the costs that come with being a pet owner. To help you do that, we have put together a guide to all the expenses dog owners need to be prepared for.

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Training

If you want your dog to be well behaved and do as he’s told, taking him to dog training is crucial. Dogs are incredibly smart animals, but if they aren’t well trained can become aggressive and destructive. That’s why, it’s crucial that when you are working out the costs of adopting a furry friend, that you include the expense of training.

While group classes are cheaper than one-to-one lessons, dog training is always fairly pricey. However, for a well-behaved dog, sufficient training is essential.

Vet checks

It’s no secret that vet checks can be expensive, and dogs need them at least twice a year. As well as two check-ups each year, your pup will also need vaccinations and regular fleaing and worming, all of which can be pricey.

While adopting a dog can be an amazing thing to do if you can’t afford all the care he needs, it’s a bad move. You wouldn’t have a baby if you couldn’t afford to care for it, would you? Well, the same applies to animals, unless you have the money need to give a dog the care it needs,  you shouldn’t adopt it. (Yes, it might be cute and cuddly but adopting a dog you can’t look after properly isn’t fair on the animal.)

Pet insurance

While vet checkups and vaccinations aren’t covered by pet insurance, it’s still worth taking out a policy. It might not be cheap, but if your dog were to have a serious accident, the cost of his treatment could be thousands. However, if you have an insurance policy in place, your insurer will cover the cost of most of the treatment.

If you are going to adopt a dog, having pet insurance is a must. Insurance may not come cheap, but if you want to take care of your pet properly, it’s crucial. If you can’t afford a policy for your pet, it might be a good idea to rethink your decision to adopt a dog at the moment.

Don’t forget the cost of food

As well as the cost of vet care and training, there is also the daily cost of feeding your dog to consider. While dog food isn’t expensive, when you add up how much you will be spending on it over time, the cost becomes high.

Over the course of a month, depending on the breed of the dog, you can end up spending hundreds on food. Ask yourself whether you can afford to spend money on dog food, as well as all the other costs that you will need to cover.

While being a dog owner is one of the most enriching life experiences, you need to be able to afford the cost of having a pet. Dogs don’t come cheap, and it’s important to understand that.


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