Dogs are great companions and pets and will be with you for many years, so, if you’re thinking about getting one then it’s a good idea to ask how much do dogs cost a month? According to the PDSA in the UK, the cost is anywhere between $6000 to $16000 depending on the breed and it’s size over the dog’s lifetime. Or about $40 to $120 a month.
When you get a dog you have to make sure that all of their welfare needs are met. You’ll need to house them, feed them, take them for walks, take care of any health needs which include vaccinations and veterinary treatment.
It can be expensive to look after a dog, even if he never needs to go to the vet’s and it is important to understand what the costs are.
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The cost of getting a dog
It’s clearly exciting to think about getting a dog and most people tend to get puppies, which will add to the initial costs of dog ownership.
Some of these costs are:
- The cost of purchasing the dog. This varies according to dog type and breed with pedigree dogs being more expensive. However, recent times have seen mongrels ( crossbred dogs) selling for prices that are higher than thir pedigree counterparts. Anything from $500 to well over $1500 and more.
- If you get a puppy then he will need vaccinations and worming. Vaccinations are around $100. Worming will need doing monthly – around $20 per month and he’ll need wormers every month until he is 6 months old.
Dog equipment that you'll need
There are some items of equipment that you will need to get, some of it will need to be ready before your dog comes home:
- Dog bed
- Leash, collar and dog tag
- Dishes for his food and water
- Dog toys
- A restraint or cage for the car
The total costs will vary depending on the size and breed of your dog and the
Types of accessories and equipment that you choose to buy.
As an indicator the initial costs of these accessories could be:
Small dog – £ 300
Medium dog £ 350
Large dog £ 400
Ongoing costs of owning a dog
After you have got all of the initial equipment ready for your dog there will be ongoing, monthly, and regular costs that you need to be aware of and consider.
Your dog will need:
- An annual check up at the vet’s and yearly boosters for his vaccinations.
- He will need flea and worm treatments regularly.
- Food, there are lots of choices and you should get the best that you can afford. See our article here on dog foods.
- Dog Insurance.
- Grooming if you choose to use a professional dog groomer.
Your monthly costs will be anywhere from around £40 for a small dog up to around £60 for a large breed.
How much is pet insurance a month for a dog?
The cost of insurance for your dog can vary widely but it is worth considering as vet fees can be astronomical for some dog injuries and illnesses.
It’s always wise to get prices from different providers and to compare levels of cover as not all aspects of dog healthcare are covered by every policy.
If you are considering dog insurance then you may like to take a look at this company that we found.
Called Eusoh, they offer full cover at very reasonable rates.
How difficult is it to own a dog?
Having a dog is like having a child. So, if you have children then you’ll have an idea how difficult it can be.
Dogs are great fun and once you’ve lived with dogs you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. They are great friends and companions.
Just as with kids you’ll need to think about whether:
- You can accommodate a dog
- Have time for a dog
- How you will cope if your dog becomes unwell
- Can you afford the extra cost of owning a dog?
- Is your home environment suitable for a dog?
Owning dogs is not difficult, it’s just different and requires time and thought. If you are concerned then maybe you could dog sit for a friend or take their dog out for walks before you make a decision.
Is it worth getting a dog?
It really depends on why you want to get one in the first place.
If you are wondering whether or not you’ll appreciate a dog and will be able to share your life with one then it’s probably a good idea to avoid making the commitment. Maybe you could spend some time around dogs beforehand to see if you truly like them?
Owning a dog will take up a lot of your time and money and, like children, they need attention and have welfare requirements that you will be responsible for.
Dogs are great friends and companions and, on average, a dog will be with you for around 15 years.
It is a big responsibility and you need to be certain that you can meet it before getting a dog.
Recommended reading for new dog owners
Where should you buy a dog?
There are various places where you can buy dogs, countries and areas vary by local laws, so, for example it is illegal in some countries (UK being one) to sell dogs in pet stores.
You should always try to get a dog from a reputable breeder or a good shelter that seeks to re-home dogs.
The shelter will have taken care of all of the dog’s health needs and they will also make sure that you and the dog are suited to each other.
A good breeder will also do the same and, both of them will be available to advise and support you if you need it.
We would never recommend that anyone buys a dog or puppy from a pet store.
Conclusion - How much do dogs cost a month?
There are a range of costs with dog ownership from the initial outlay to the ongoing monthly outgoings.
The amounts vary in line with the type of dog and it’s size and, as we’ve seen there are some costs such as healthcare that can take you by surprise.
At the lower end of the scale with a small breed your monthly cost could be around $60 per month, while a large breed could be more than double that.
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