Owning a dog is a joyous and rewarding experience, but how much does owning a dog cost? The average dog Mom or Dad can expect to spend anywhere from $610-$3,555 per year on their beloved pooch—that’s $50-almost $300/month (not accounting for any emergencies that might happen). From food and medication to grooming and vet bills, the expenses can quickly add up. Let’s break down the costs.
- Dog food: $20-100 depending on breed and size
- Pet insurance: Average of $44/month
- Medicine (heartworm, flea, and tick): Around $25/month
- Grooming: $40-$75 each visit
- Routine vet visits: $61 per visit
- Vaccines: $100-$175/year
- Pet toys: Varies (as a pet owner, I spend probably $15/month)
- Pet treats: $5/month
One time expenses:
- Adoption fees: Average fee is $300
- Spaying or neutering: $340-$1,500
- Dog daycare: $40/day
- Dog walking: $20-$30 for 30 minutes
- Dog sitting: $75-$85/night
If you’re considering getting a dog, make sure to calculate whether you can afford to keep your pet healthy and safe with the care he needs. While it may seem like a lot, the unconditional love and companionship you receive from your furry friend is priceless. So, budget wisely and give your pup the best life possible!