What is the real price of a dog? A quick guide

Having a dog is a true joy for everyone in the family. Having a friend that will always be at your side, no matter what happens, is a real comfort to anyone.

When you purchase a dog, you may have to pay few hundred dollars. Pure bred dogs can sometimes cost more then a thousand dollars. Getting a dog from a local shelter is usually cheaper. You will have to get dog food regularly. Dog food can cost less than $20 a month for a small dogs. For larger breed dogs, food can cost few hundred dollars a month. You need to add the cost of treats and toys that usually run between $20 to $40 a month. Occasionally you will have to kennel your dog or have a pet sitter. This will cost between $15-$50 a day. To save on some expenses, you can cook your dog food or make treats at home (you will need time, and special recopies). Also, instead of toys, give your dog more exercise and playtime.

The veterinary cost is a major expense. The price of the veterinary service varies between veterinary clinics. It is always recommended to compare prices between clinics. Puppies need at least three visits to the veterinarian. Each visit can cost up to $80-$100. When a puppy grows, he or she will need to be spayed or neutered. This can cost up to $150 or even more in some cases. Annual exams, vaccinations, and a heartworm test usually cost about $80 a year. Preventative flea, tick, and heartworm medications start at $20 a month for a small dogs, and can go up to $50-$60 for a large dog. Unexpected veterinary expenses include the diagnostics and treatments of sick dog which can start at $50 and go up to few hundred or even a thousand dollars. When your dog is getting older, he or she may need more veterinary attention. Older dogs may need frequent blood tests, followup exams, and regular medications or special food. This can start at $40 a month, but can reach few hundred dollars a month. Other costs include training or behavioral classes, license (less than $20 a year), leash or a kennel ($20-$150), grooming ($40 every other month), and more.

Despite all these costs, remember, there is nothing better than a dog to comfort you when you come home after work, or when you have a stressful day. This is priceless.

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