Dog ownership is packed with health benefits from lowering blood pressure, increasing exercise, endless unconditional love, and companionship. Dog or cat ownership also comes with a huge responsibility including a financial responsibility. I know when Winston Churchill said; “The price of greatness is responsibility” he was talking globally. In the truest sense of the word greatness is about distinction, perfection, and excellence, which could also be used to define the love and loyalty of a dog and their owner. Therefore, I believe dog ownership is greatness to you and your dog. The cost of dog ownership is defiantly a consideration and carefully weighed before taking the plunge into the rewarding world of dog ownership.
The cost of dog ownership goes beyond the purchase price or adoption fee. So before you rule out the addition of a new pet and before you pick out the perfect breed of dog for you, keep in mind these statistics are national averages. According to the American Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) they estimate the first year of dog ownership ranges from $1,300 (smaller dogs), to $1,800 (large breed dogs). They factor in the adoption fees, spaying, neutering, initial medical fees, training, and the cost of a crate. The years after the initial cost, the ASPCA estimates the annual cost of $580 for smaller dogs to $875 for bigger breeds. Again, these are national averages.
Do your homework before you head to the shelter to find your new best friend:
1. Shop for crates yard sales, internet sites, or ask your local shelter for help
2. Research different breeds of dogs for known health issues
3. Larger dogs require more food, higher doses of medications, larger crates, bigger beds
4. Mixed-breed dogs usually have lower medical cost
5. Pet insurance can help manage unexpected medical cost
6. Regular veterinary visits and preventative healthcare improve overall health
7. Shop and consult your veterinarian on pet foods best for your budget and pet
Hobo the Wonder Dog was a high-risk rescue requiring professional dog training, it happens to be the most rewarding endeavor of my life. Hobo might not be the friendliest, cuddliest, dog you will ever meet but, in his home environment he is all lapdog, fun and games, and full of mischief. He has his trust issues which are lifelong; we celebrate the small advances in trust and love and support him.
Hobo the Wonder Dog and I encourage you search your heart and soul before you adopt a dog because your decision affects more than you — it affects a dog too. The rewards will far outweigh the cost. Know your financial and time limits — then start your search. In a shelter somewhere there is the best friend you will ever know filled with love, loyalty, and affection that will change your heart and your world!
If you are struggling with the financial responsibility of keeping your beloved pet reach out to your veterinarian, church, or local humane society. Our community has programs to help — don’t go it alone.
Life is better with a dog—Woof!
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