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Costs Of Owning A Dog
Anyone who is reading this is likely considering adding a dog to their family. While bringing a pet into your home can bring joy and companionship, the decision does not come without financial responsibility. Before bringing a pet into your home, ask yourself if you are ready to handle all of the responsibilities that come with pet ownership.
Feeding a Dog
Instead, a quality food should be selected. Ask your vet for recommendations. While it may cost more, your petís health is worth it.
You should also keep a supply of healthy treats on hand. Treats are great for training and rewarding your pet.
Vet Bills Ė Consider Pet Insurance
Also, heartworm prevention medication must be given monthly at a cost of around $5 per month. In most of the country, flea prevention is a good idea and costs approximately $10 per month.
In addition to routine preventive care, vet visits will be necessary when your pet becomes ill. There is no way to estimate how much a visit to a vet will cost when your pooch is under the weather, but you should consider the possibility of this extra expense before adopting or purchasing a dog.
For peace of mind, health insurance is available for dogs. Pay a monthly premium and the insurance company will reimburse you for most of the expenses if your dog becomes ill or is injured.
If you plan to leave your pet outside all of the time (not recommended), then additional items such as shelter and hay for warmth must also be provided.
Plan to spend $50-$100 before bringing your pet home. This should be enough to cover a collar, leash, food bowls, a bed and toys. If you plan to crate train your dog you will also need to purchase a quality crate. A good crate will cost between $45-$125 depending on the size that is needed.
Traveling with a Dog
While there is a cost to owning a dog, the rewards of being greeted by a happy, healthy dog each evening is worth the expense!
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