How much Money does it take to keep a dog?
I have been asked this question multiple times since we got our dog. I figured, it is easier to list it here and reference this when the question comes my way again. Below are most of our dog related expenses.
|Adoption Fees||150$||You might get this waived if you visit during any adoption drive|
|Harness, Collar and 5ft Leash||25$||Bought at shelter. Overpriced as it is a donation.|
|Lease modification and 1 time pet fees||325$||Only for those in apartments.|
|Pill Pockets||10$||Our dog had medication when we got him. Found out later that Costco has better rates.|
|Furminator Deshedding Tool||50$||Was suggested to us. Was an unnecessary expenditure|
|Dog Bed||50$||Costco has good quality beds for big dogs.|
|Dog Kennel||80$||Walmart had good kennel with removable floor.|
|Reflective Collar||5$||Good Quality|
|County Dog License Fees||25$||for 3 years.|
|Retractable Leash||20$||16ft.Our dog doesnt walk without leash|
|Kong Classic Dog Toy||10$||The folks at shelter recommended this and he does love it.|
|Seat Belt||8$||Found out hard way after he jumped out of the window at local park.|
|Seresto Flea and Tick Collar||50$||Because I saw a Giant Tick on another dog at the local park.|
|Nail Grinder||35$||Because I don’t take him to a groomer and do it all myself.|
|Zoom Groom Brush||7$||The lady at the Vet’s office recommended it. And it works wonders.|
|Pet Hair Vaccuum Handheld||30$|
|Car Plug In Portable Vaccuum Cleaner||15$||Markdown at local Aldi. Got Lucky|
|Baby Gate||30$||To keep him away from Kitchen|
|Wellness Insurance Monthly||26.5$||Cancelled after Month 01|
|Vaccine and Heart worm Medicine||60$||Will recur Twice a year|
|Wellness Physicals at Banfield Pet Clinic||42$||Will recur Twice a year|
|Pet Shower Spray||11$|
|Lysol Disinfecting Wipes||13$|
|Arm and Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet Cleaner||10$|
|Hand Sanitizer Giant Size||14$|
|Candles and other Room Freshners||30$|
|35lb Food bag per month||50$||Our 70 lb dog is a picky eater and eats only Hills Science Food.Monthly Recurring.|
|Sum Total||1191.5$||What can I say, he is worth it.|
Our dog was neutered before we got him. So, that is another 100$ saved. He might need a dental cleanup soon – so that is another 250$.
There are cheaper ways to do this and if I had to do this again, I would probably start with Facebook Marketplace for things like Kennel or Dog Gates.