The cost of grooming and healthcare
The ongoing costs of owning a dog are very much dependent on the breed of dog, its age and your lifestyle.
- Nutrition: Food is an obvious ongoing cost, but if your pet does not have any unusual dietary requirements or allergies then you will likely be able to predict this in advance. Just ensure you opt for a diet that meets all the nutritional requirements of your pet.
- Grooming: Brushing, washing, checking their nails, and brushing their teeth will vary greatly according to the breed of dog that you have. However, it is likely that the cost of grooming has more to do with time than finances.
- Fleas, ticks, and worms: Parasites can all be managed and, to some extent, avoided with the use of ongoing treatment. There are several options available, and your vet will be able to advise on the right choice for you and your pet, however, it is likely to be a regular cost of owning a pet.
Lifestyle and travel
One area that can greatly impact the cost of owning a dog is your own lifestyle.
- Dog walkers: If you are out of the house for long periods of time or are unable to exercise your pet yourself at any point, you will need to pay for a dog walker or sitter on a regular basis.
- Kennels: Should you choose to travel without your pet, kennel fees or the cost of a dog sitter will also need to be taken into account.
- Passports and vaccinations: If you choose to travel with your pet, consider the time and financial cost of investing in a pet passport and any implications that may have on your vacation such as compulsory vet appointments in your country of destination.
Getting a dog can be an emotional decision, and one that's accompanied by great excitement. However, practical aspects, such as the costs involved in owning a dog must be considered to ensure you can provide the best level of care for your pet over the course of its lifetime.