As we all may know, a puppy can be very expensive. With vet bills, food and the actual pooch no one actually realises how much they can cost. So, we’ve totalled up the costs so you don’t have to!
As much as having a new puppy from a private seller is nice because it’s easier to get a specfic breed, there are so many beautiful dogs that need adopting to a caring and loving home from animal shelters and cost a tenth of the price or sometimes even nothing, so think before you buy, which is better?
All of these costs are initial and basic for the first year, so for example, you may end up spending for than £200 on equipment if your dog grows out of their collar or needs a replacement of toys.
First is Equipment, such as beds, collars, toys, leads etc, it’s not necessary to have all the expensive ones or really anything special, just the basics until the right time to find out what other ‘special’ equipment your dog might need. The most all of this can cost is around £200, luckily this is a one-off payment until your pooch rips apart their bed, then it’ll be time to get a new one!
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Next is food. Now, food depends on the size and age of your dog so, in that area, it really depends on the breed, but dry dog food, tinned meat and biscuits will cost around £15-£20 a month.
Dogs DO require worming treatments, which is £10-£15 every 3 months. Your pooch will also need flea treatments, flea treatments can cost from around £5 a month.
One of the most expensive costs is insurance. The puppies first injections will cost around £100 – £120 and then annual boosters at around £50 – £60. You also need insurance against illnesses etc, which can be £8 – £18 a month.
Spaying or neutering a dog can cost approximately £60 – £180 and Microchipping a dog costs an average from around £15 – £20.
Now for the extras, shampoos, replacement equipment, dog walkers, dog sitters etc, so we’ve added a cost from around £200 – £500 per annum.
Now for the total, first the minimum you could spend, for their first year can be around £1000 and the maximum it could be is £1656.
Could you consider spending that much money, so thin before you buy! Some of these figures can be a bit extreme, so don’t take them super seriously.
Dog Trust’s adoption fee is £120 which includes their neutering, microchipping, vaccination and vet checked. This also includes four weeks’ free insurance with Pet Plan and a collar and a lead. Then once you’re home, Dogs Trust have a centre team in whom you can contact for the rest of the pooches’ life, so which option will you choose?
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Did you know?
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