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.

Monthly expenses:

  • Dog food: $20-100 depending on breed and size
  • Pet insurance: Average of $44/month
  • Medicine (heartworm, flea, and tick): Around $25/month

Occasional expenses:

  • 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:

Add-on expenses:

  • 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!