If you're thinking about getting a dog for the first time, you're probably a mixture of excited and scared. The biggest thing to ask yourself is: are you ready for a dog? One of the most important things to know is if you can actually afford to provide for a new pet. Here are some expenses that you'll incur every year of dog ownership.
Annual Expenses For a Dog
Food - While it depends on the type of food you buy and the size of your dog, you can expect to spend about $120 a year on your dog's food. However, if you have a large dog and/or buy a more expensive brand, you could spend as much as $450 a year.
Treats - While treats aren't a necessary expense, they're certainly a nice way to show your pup that you love them! You can expect to spend about $30 - $50 annually on treats, depending on what kind of treats and how often you get them for your pup.
Toys - While toys might not seem necessary, they are to ensure that your pup is happy and active! Toys are great, whether it's a toy that you can share with you dog (like tennis balls) or a toy that encourages good chewing habits. Toys will cost about $30 - $50 a year depending on how much you buy and the type.
Veterinary Visits - Dogs should visit the vet about once or twice a year, depending on their age and health. The cost of these visits can change, but you should expect to spend about $200 a year on vet visits for check-ups and vaccines.
Health Insurance - While you might not opt for health insurance for your dog, if you do, it will cost about $225 annually. Things to consider over whether or not to get health insurance are if your dog has any underlying health problems or how old they are.
While these aren't he only expenses that will come with getting a pup, this will be what you can expect to spend each year that you have them. If you're comfortable with this cost and ready, then it's time to start looking for your furry best friend.