The Cost of Caring for a Puppy
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What is the cost of caring for a puppy?
Your children have emptied their piggy banks in an attempt to persuade you that the family can afford to buy a dog. However, you are hesitant to agree to their wish, since you are sure there are other expenses involved. Should you accept the puppy on your tight budget or should you turn a deaf ear to your children's pleas? Since the cost of caring for a puppy is higher than the purchase price of the dog, it is a good idea to take a look at the expenses before you make your decision.
- Puppies need immunizations, just like children. Expect to pay around $200 for your puppy's shots during the first few months at most veterinary hospitals.
- Ideally, you should plan to neuter your dog at around six months. For a medium sized dog, a spay/neuter program for your area can keep the costs around $50. Very large and very small dogs often cost more because of veterinary fees associated with more difficult surgeries.
- Flea and tick medications and heartworm preventatives are almost essential during the Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. You should expect to pay another $100 a year for these medications.
- A good diet helps puppies grow up to be strong and healthy. Most pet owners opt to feed a quality dry kibble diet. Depending on the size of your dog and the brand of food you buy, your costs could be as low as $100 a year or as high as $1,000.
- Your town or county probably requires pets to be licensed. The fee for this is usually minimal and neutered pets often receive a discount.