Why Most People Can’t Afford a Dog

Dogs are said to be man’s best friends, and, if you’ve ever owned one, it’s not hard to see why. There are so many things to love about owning a dog that we could spend an entire piece just listing them off. However, hard as it may be to accept, that doesn’t mean that everyone can afford to bring home a puppy. Let’s take a look at the hard truths behind this responsibility.

Buying a Dog Is Expensive

There was once a time where you could buy puppies from a neighborhood breeder for $10. Those times are long gone. Most people would be lucky to get a dog for less than $300 if they buy from a reputable breeder.

Of course, there’s always adoption. While this is an admirable choice, it won’t save you from the costs of buying bedding, a leash, toys, a nametag and perhaps a travel crate. That’s hundreds of dollars right there.

Veterinary Bills

No matter how you come upon your pup, it’s going to require a trip to the vet, which will mean another sizable deposit.

The first exam, which every dog must have, will probably run you around $75. This will cover booster shots, vaccines and flea treatments. You’ll need two of these, though, so double that cost.

Then there’s the third round, which is where your pup will get neutered/spayed. Most owners also get their dog micro-chipped in case they’re little buddy ever gets lost. There will be more booster shots and other treatments too, leaving you with a bill of $250.

Ongoing Costs

After all that, plan to spend about $50 a month on food and treats. We’d also say there’s probably going to be another $50 in the first year in there somewhere while you housebreak your dog and replace items they destroy.

Likely Expenses

There are going to be all kinds of other expenses throughout the year too, though it can be tough to predict what they will be.

Here are some examples:

  • Vet bills for sickness/surgery - $100 to $500
  • Grooming - $100/year
  • Boarding - $100/trip
  • VReplacing toys - $50
  • Worm/Flea medication - $100/year

Cost variations

Much of these costs will depend on the size and disposition of your canine too. Obviously, a larger dog will need more food. However, smaller dogs are just as capable of causing damage or needing expensive forms of surgery.

While it can be a tough pill to swallow as a dog lover, now might not be a good time for this added responsibility/financial burden. As you can see, puppies are a big commitment for your budget.