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Q: On average, how much does a dog cost per year?

December 7, 2008 | By Therese M. | 16 answers | Expired: 2040 days ago

Therese M.

I know this may seem weird, but I'm a college student and I want to see if I have enough money to adopt. Thanks.

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Kathy F.
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Dec 15, 2008

My advice to you is to wait until after you have graduated college. Wait until you are more settled and know for a fact you have the financial means of caring for a pet. It can be very costly and is a huge responsibility. I am 28 years old and have been on my own for a few years now and still do not own a dog. Wait for the right time.

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Mariahj
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Dec 13, 2008

Of course, size and breed make a huge difference in how much a dog is going to cost you per year. also, it will depend on how healthy the dog is and if you are able to keep up with his vaccinations and other minor necessities. along with treats and toys, bedding, boarding and so on, i would wage a low estimate at 2,000 dollars per year.

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Patricia  C.
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Dec 10, 2008

Well, cost is different depending on the type of dog and where you get him or her etc.. but just to give you an idea. If you adopt from a local shelter the fee is $85- $95.00 at ours. This includes first shots, spay and neutering and health check at the vet. If you get a free puppy, you have all that to pay on your own and it costs much more than that depending on the vet. Then there is heartworm medication, flea preventative, tick preventative and so on. Then you have the cost of feeding your dog. Some people go all out with the expensive canned food, and others just feed the dry. A puppy should have puppy food for the first 1-2 years depending on it's size and how long it takes it to reach maturity. Then you have the expense of training if you are not going to train the dog yourself. How much annually? Well, it varies, to how many toys you buy, to what kind of food you feed it,etc...? At any rate, owning a dog is expensive.

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DebbieAABR
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Dec 09, 2008

Since there have been some very good answers on the cost of having a pet, I'm going to throw out two different suggestions. Have you considered either volunteering for a shelter/rescue or possibly fostering? If you qualify to foster, you can essentially do a test drive to see if you can really afford it. The shelter or rescue group will help with some of the expenses and if you find it is too much, you know it's only temporary. Becoming a volunteer will allow you to spend some quality time with the animals (benefits them, too) without the cash outlay. Our rescue does outreach events every weekend and we try to get at least 3 dogs to each event.
Just a thought...

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Laura  K.
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Dec 08, 2008

I agree with the last response. The adoption fee is minimal, but if you are not certain that you can afford this, you should not adopt at all. Usually the adoption fee is $100-$200 (per dog). This may be more if you need to spay or neuter. In addition, food will cost about $1000/year and regular visits to the vet at least $150 (as long as its just a routine checkup). If your dog gets sick,expect $300 - $1000 for the vet. An emergency vet visit is $450 minimum if the dog has an er need during the weekend. Plus, you need to contain the dog. If you are walking them daily, a leash and a collar is not so bad. If you plan to let them run, an underground pet system is @ $1500 or a fence @ $3000.00. Don't forget grooming. The Groomer is $40/visit. To buy things at home, it will cost about $10 each time you groom. Good luck.

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Judy  Z.
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Dec 08, 2008

If you have to ask, you can't afford a pet.
It's not just food, vet bills, but TIME which is the biggest investment needed for any pet.
Please do not get any animal and then find out that you cannot take care of it -- there are too many abandoned animals in college towns especially -- Madison, WI is one. Please wait until you are out of school and settled - or have loving, caring parents who will take in your pet! when you are unable to care for it.

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Mary Beth  L.
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Dec 08, 2008

I would say to plan on at least $1,000 a year. You need food, toys, leash, collar, annual vet check-up and I am sure I forgot other things.
Just make sure this is really what you can afford and that you have the time to devote to the dog.

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Rachel G.
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Dec 08, 2008

At least $1000 dollars a year and that's including a pretty good food brand and skimping on toys. You can never know how much emergency vet visits are. A regular vet visit for a check up could be between $70 to $150 depending on shots and the like. You definitely don't want to skimp on anything and want your dog to have the best life. Also think about the time you will be able to give it, that's just as important as physical well being if not more. Good luck!

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Thad R.
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Dec 07, 2008

If a dog becomes ill, it can be very expensive. Even regular visits can run around $300 - $500 per year. That does not include spay/neuter; food; lodging if you want to go on vacation, etc.

Be sure to make your decision wisely. On the good side, what they give back is priceless!

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Janet R.
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Dec 07, 2008

I recently read a survey that says it costs $16,000 to raise a dog for its entire life. Something that everyone has to take very seriously. If you can't afford a dog, it is better to go to a shelter and volunteer walking and socializing with them.

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