How much does a dog cost per year? What budget to foresee?

  How much does a dog cost per year? What budget to foresee?

Adopting a dog means planning a budget to meet its needs: food, annual and one-off veterinary expenses, accessories... Several essential expenses are to be taken into account, which vary according to their breed, age, mode. of life and its fragility. This annual cost also depends on the choices made by the owner: type and quality of food, need to keep it or not, etc. Here are the elements needed to calculate the average budget for the year.

Food costs

Spending on dog food accounts for the largest portion of the budget. In addition to basic food products (croquettes, mash), there are also essential supplements and optional treats, the quantity, and quality of which must be adapted to the size, weight, and degree of physical activity of the child. animal.

For a medium-sized dog, an industrial diet will cost around $50 per month and up to $150 for a large-breed dog with an active lifestyle. For a small dog staying mainly at home, count 1 to 2 $ per day or 30 $ per month minimum.

This budget also varies according to the mode of purchase, buying wholesale bags of kibble on the Internet being the most economical option. In addition, for the vitality of your dog, it is possible to add ancillary products such as brewer's yeast or salmon oil, which contribute to the beauty of the coat and provide it with vitamins and minerals (count an additional ten euros).

In addition, the home ration option, which consists of preparing the animal's meals yourself with rice, cooked vegetables, and meat or offal (one-third of each per ration) is the most expensive. . Calculate 30 g per kilo of dog weight, so for a 10 kg dog, the daily ration will be 300 g of mixed food, for 80 to 100 $ per month.

Veterinary fees

Veterinary expenses are to be expected throughout the life of the dog, some of them being essential: identification, sterilization, vaccinations, deworming, antiparasitics. Count 70 $ for the installation of an electronic chip and 150 to 300 $ for castration or sterilization. Although these can be considered optional, they are strongly recommended and will save you a lot of inconveniences. The main vaccines amount to 70 $ minimum for the annual booster (count double the first year) and up to 120 $ for total prevention with complimentary vaccines such as that against rabies, compulsory if you are traveling abroad.

The cost of dewormers, to be renewed every 6 months on average, is $15 to $40 per year depending on the product and the weight of the animal. Finally, count 5 to 10 $ per month for pest control products, again depending on their weight and the products chosen (spray, pipettes, etc.), i.e. 60 $ to 120 $ per year. It may therefore be worth thinking about insurance for your dog.

Cost of accessories for your dog

The accessories to be provided for the daily life of the dog are normally durable over time, subject to choosing good quality material. This investment should include the purchase of bowls, basket, collar, and leash, in addition to toys, brushes, and shampoos. It may also be useful to purchase a transport crate, with or without additional accessories such as a harness, seat belt, muzzle (mandatory for category dogs), etc.

All of these basic expenses amount to a minimum of $150 (it is also possible to hunt for them) and can go up to $1000 depending on the size of the dog and the quality. Accessories to be renewed more or less regularly (toys, chewing bones, etc.) cost 10 to 15 $ each. Their frequency of purchase will depend on their use, but allow 100 $ per year on average. Add 40 to 80 $ of shampoos and other hygiene products: drops for the eyes, the ears...

Additional costs: grooming, dog training...

The grooming budget can be substantial, depending on the breeds, salons, and services. Estimate $50 to $90, ideally twice a year, i.e. $100 to $200 added to the annual budget. It is of course possible to groom your dog yourself, by purchasing a clipper (50 to 150 $) and the necessary brushes, adapted to his type of coat.

The budget for dog training, in a canine club or in a "puppy school", varies greatly depending on the organization and will depend on the number of sessions: count 10 $ to 15 $ for one hour in a group lesson, i.e. 120 $ minimum per year for a monthly session, and 50 to 120 $ membership. Some associations offer reduced rates for social minima and subscriptions allowing unlimited access to weekly lessons. Finally, the budget for keeping your dog during the holidays can amount to 10 or 20$ per day.

The annual budget for a dog, in summary

It is difficult to give an exact f
igure for the annual cost of a dog, the latter depending on many factors as we have seen. Indeed, in addition to the regular veterinary costs, there may be additional costs in the event of illness, accident, operation... When the dog ages, these costs will increase with dental care (scaling, extraction ) and other more or less foreseeable expenses depending on his state of health, his fragility, the predispositions of the breed to certain pathologies, etc.

The costs of grooming, maintenance, and canine education are also very variable. However, we can reasonably estimate the annual budget at 400 $ for a small dog without any particular health problem, and at more than 1000 $ for a large dog. To reduce the financial impact of large veterinary expenses, dog health insurance is an interesting option (Approximately $200 in annual fees).

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