Are You Financially Ready To Adopt A Pet?

9:58 AM, Apr 12, 2012   |    comments
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Undated -- Adding a furry friend to your family can be a very rewarding experience, but it's only fair to you and your pet to educate yourself before bringing a pet into your home.

According to the website,, these are some of the financial responsibilities you will encounter. 

One-Time Costs:

  • Adoption fee
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Permanent identification- a tattoo or microchip are recommended as ID for your pet.
  • Initial shots/vaccines (for puppies)
  • Fencing- While a fenced yard isn't necessary, it's ideal for dog owners.
  • Socialization and obedience classes- socialization classes give dogs the opportunity to interact with other dogs and people, so they are comfortable with them. Obedience classes teach dogs what's expected of them. 
Occasional Expenses:
  • Health issues or medication- this can include heartworm, fleas and ticks. Dental care is also an expense to budget for.
  • Emergency medical care- dogs can get sick or hurt just like people can. Setting aside a little extra money ever month can help pay the bills if an emergency happens.
  • Dog Supplies- this includes food and water bowls, beds and bedding, a crate, collar and leash. Supplies can last a long time, but eventually needs to be replaced.
Ongoing Expenses:
  • Food and treats- bigger dogs tend to eat more than smaller dogs, so be prepared to pay more for food.
  • Licensing costs
  • Regular vet check-ups- Adult dogs usually visit their vet once a year to update their shots and get an overall health exam. Sometimes senior dogs visit the vet twice a year for check-ups.
  • Grooming
  • Boarding or travel costs- some people bring their pets on vacation, but if you're not staying somewhere pet friendly, you will have to pay to board your pet, or hire a pet-sitter.

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