How Do I Budget My New Dog?

Most people can count on around $500 in total expenses to adopt a dog or cat, get supplies, and cover initial medical costs.

Then, you should budget around $500 per year in most cases for ongoing costs too.

Those costs vary based on the size of your pet, brands you prefer, and assumes your pet is generally healthy.

How much does it cost per month to own a dog?

This typically costs somewhere from $20 to $60 per month ($250 to $700 per year). Food expenses vary based on the size and energy level of your dog as well as the quality of the food. Be aware that special foods, like veterinary therapeutic diets or freshly-made special-order food, may cost $100 or more a month.

How much does dog supplies cost?

The Morale of the Story

Adopt a PuppyBuy a Purebred
Initial Cost$30 – $400$500 – $2,000
First Vet Visit$50 – $400$100 – $300
New Supplies
Cage$100 – $200

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How can you save up a dog?

So, with that being said, here are eight money saving tips for dog owners.

  • Adopt! Don’t Shop!
  • Choose The Right Vet. (Picture Credit: REB Images/Getty Images)
  • Create A Budget For Your Pup.
  • Groom Your Dog Yourself.
  • Keep Up With Dental Cleaning At Home.
  • Stay Current On Vaccinations.
  • Be A Smart Shopper.
  • Train Your Dog.

How much does a dog eat?

Most adult dogs should eat two meals a day (puppies often require three or more feedings), so you’ll need to divide the amount in the table by the number of meals you are offering.