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Costs of Owning a Dog

Indeed, dogs can steal our hearts and become cherished family members, but their love and loyalty come with a tangible cost. Before you decide to welcome a dog into your family, make sure to ponder these key points from our Redding veterinarians.

Expenses to Consider

When considering if owning a dog fits your budget, keep in mind that dogs come with various expenses.

One-Time Expenses

  • Purchasing your dog
  • Spaying or neutering your pup
  • Cost of breed-specific surgeries such as tail docking

Recurring Annual Expenses

  • Once or twice yearly routine exams
  • Vaccines

Monthly Expenses

  • Parasite protection
  • Medications
  • Food

Emergency Expenses

  • Accidents
  • Injuries
  • Chronic Illness (diabetes, cancer, etc)
  • Sudden Illness (Diarrhea, breathing difficulties, vomiting)
Start by preparing for each of these types of expenses and plan accordingly to avoid unpleasant surprises along the way.

Calculating The Average Cost of Owning a Dog

Several factors come into play when estimating the cost of owning a dog, causing the figures to fluctuate significantly. These factors include the dog's size, breed, the health risks associated with the breed, and the necessary services to maintain your dog's well-being.

To arrive at a realistic estimate, you must take into account expenses such as food costs (determined by your chosen breed's dietary needs), grooming sessions, toy purchases, treats, bedding, collars, leashes, obedience training, boarding costs for vacations, and potentially the fees associated with hiring a dog walker.

Additionally, your location plays a crucial role. The price range for veterinary care, grooming, and dog sitting varies widely depending on your area. To obtain an accurate estimate, consider the specific breed you're interested in, its susceptibility to chronic illnesses, and the cost of pet services in your region.

Ways to Make Dog Ownership More Affordable

If you have your heart set on having a dog as part of your family, there are ways to help make the annual cost of owning a dog more affordable.

Set Aside a Money Just For Pet Care

This solution could work well for you if you excel at saving and budgeting. Whether you maintain a separate bank account or stash cash securely, calculate the amount required for potential veterinary emergencies and establish a reasonable amount to set aside each payday. Building this reserve can significantly reduce the stress of unexpected veterinary emergencies.

Pet Insurance

Pet insurance may be right for you if you are concerned about the high cost of emergency care or caring for a pet with a chronic illness. Pet insurance can certainly help to relieve the burden of emergency care costs, but it's important to understand what your pet's policy covers before signing on the dotted line.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

You just welcomed a new furry friend to your family. Call your vets in Redding to book their first visit. 

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