One of the many questions you should ask yourself before getting a dog is: How much does it cost to raise a dog?
Sometimes love and compassion aren’t enough. Getting a dog means buying food, bills for vaccinations, deworming, heartworm prevention, supplies, toys, food bowls, crates and emergency veterinary funds in case your dog falls ill or has an accident.
Recently, two veterinary students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine updated statistics of the costs involved in raising a dog. Kelly Giffear and Brittany Scott projected the annual cost for raising small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The students research the average cost of raising dogs in the first year and came up with the following figures:
- Small dog breeds – $2674,
- Medium dog breeds – $2889,
- Large dog breeds -$3239,
- Giant dog breeds – $3536.
- Average first year cost across all sizes – $3085.
Dog owners are also estimated to spend:
- $432 per year on supplies,
- $435 per year on food,
- $389 per year on preventative medications,
- $650 per year on veterinary costs – including laboratory work.
Expense for one serious illness per year was included in the figures.
According to the students, the average lifetime cost of caring for a dog is $23,410.
This amount doesn’t include training classes like CGC classes, obedience, and agility training.
No matter how much you spend on your dog, keeping your dog healthy and happy is money well spent.
See the infographics Giffear and Scott made below.