How To Budget For A Dog
26 September, 2011

When you are thinking of bringing a dog into your home or family, there are a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration. Dogs are amazing companions (as are cats) yet they can be expensive. And, it is only fair to both the dog and you to make sure you can afford him or her.

I don’t want anyone to be intimidated by the cost as there are many dogs that could use a nice home. Therefore, below are some recommendations that could make your new dog more affordable.

ADOPT A DOG

Adopting a dog from a pet shelter can be no cost at all and is saving a dog’s life. If you compare adopting a dog to purchasing a new dog or receiving a dog for free, your adopted dog may already have received its shots, been examined by a veterinarian and neutered. Some shelters and or adoption agencies have the dog’s health records and life history from its previous owner. If not, however, you save on the initial cost and can feel good about it in the process. You have given this sweet dog a new home.

How can you resist me?

How can you resist me?

SALES

Like any smart shopper, search for sales on all your pet items. Look for coupons in the mail, in the store or online for dog food or dog-related items. Go to on-line retailers such as Petsmart.com or Petco.com to search for special in-store sale events by typing in your ZIP code or go to DoggieCoupon.com to search for online dog item coupons.

DOG FOOD

While I always recommend going for a higher brand of dog food, you don’t have to feed your dog excessively. It is not good for them and can be costly. Make sure to feed your dog according to its weight and activity level. If you are unsure of how much your dog weighs, contact your veterinarian about your dog’s ideal weight.

SHOP AT SECONDHAND SURPLUS STORES

I’m sure you’ve donated gifts, clothes or other items to Goodwill or other surplus stores in your life. Well, next time you are there, see if you can purchase toys for you dog. Even the local Salvation Army is a good place to pick up a leash or simply some fun toys for your pooch.

PET INSURANCE

While there are many different types of pet insurance on the market, you should think ahead and purchase insurance to avoid big, unforeseen costs. You can ask your veterinarian for recommendations and/or friends with dogs. They will tell you…veterinary bills can get expensive so a monthly or quarterly payment could be a great long term investment.

I hope these tips help you contemplate how you can budget for a dog. They are great companions and worth every penny. Build a pet profile today!

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