"To err is human: To forgive, canine." (Anonymous)
"Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for
they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." (James Mason)
The Financial Responsibilities of Dog Ownership
Excerpted from: Adopting a Dog
There's much more to adopting a dog than finding a cute
furry bundle and bringing it home. One thing to consider
is the cost of keeping a dog healthy and happy. Even if
you already have a dog at home, it may have been years
since you've had to think about all the initial costs
of integrating your new friend into the family. Here's
a brief summary of costs to take into consideration.
- Purchase price, adoption fee, or re-homing fee.
- Spay or neuter surgery. "Fixing" your dog offers
several health and behavior benefits, and ensures
your pet doesn't contribute to the pet overpopulation
- Permanent identification. A tattoo and microchip are
both recommended as ID for your dog in case he gets
- Initial shots/vaccines. Puppies in paritcular need
additional vaccines to protect their immature immune
- Fencing. Although it's not a necessity, a fenced yard
is ideal for dog owners. Dogs can be let out to relieve
themselves without the owner having to go out with them.
The yard also gives dogs a place to play and expend a
- Socialization and obedience classes. Socialization
classes give dogs the opportunity to interact with
other dogs and people, so that they are comfortable
with them. Obedience classes (teach people to) teach
dogs what's expected of them as a good family member.
It also helps people and dogs to form a stronger bond
with one another by working together in a positive
- Health issues or medication. Depending on where you live,
your dog may have to be continually treated for heartworm,
fleas and ticks, or you might only need to purchase these
medications if you're traveling to an area where these
pests are a problem. Dental care is also an expense to
budget for. You can minimize the amount of dental work
your dog needs by brushing its teeth regularly.
- Emergency medical care. Dogs can get sick or hurt just
like people can. Setting aside a little extra money
every month can help to pay the bills if an emergency
happens. Some pet owners purchase pet insurance for
peace of mind. Make sure you read the fine print,
though - pet insurance does not always cover what you
think it does.
- Dog supplies. This includes items like food and water
bowls, beds and bedding, a kennel or crate, collar and
leash. Supplies generally last a long time but eventually
have to be replaced.
- Food and treats. Bigger dogs tend to eat more than
smaller ones, and thus cost more to feed.
- Licensing costs. Most municipalities will require that
your dog be licensed every year.
- Regular vet check-ups. Adult dogs usually visit their
veterinarians once a year to update their shots and get
an overall health exam. It's sometimes recommended that
senior dogs visit the vet twice a year for check-ups.
- Grooming. This includes nail trimming, coat care, etc.
- Boarding or travel costs. Some people will bring
their pets on vacation with them (most pet-friendly
accommodations charge an additional pet fee). Other
people prefer to board their pets or hire a pet-sitter.
For more information on things to consider before adopting
a dog, visit hubpages.com/hub/Adopting-a-Dog.