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How to Budget for a New Dog

How to Budget for a New Dog

It may take new dogs a while
to adjust to apartment living, but it can be a wonderful experience for both
you and the pup. One thing you need to prepare for is the cost
of caring for a dog
. Between food, grooming, pet insurance and more,
you could easily spend thousands of dollars annually. Luckily, there are ways
to make the cost more manageable as long as you plan ahead of time.

Consider Adoption

A lot of people want a
pure-bred dog. Adoption centers typically have more mutts, but the cost of
adoption is significantly less than purchase a puppy outright. You can save even
more because dogs in adoption centers are usually already vaccinated,
neutered/spayed and microchipped.

 Seek
Preventive Veterinary Care

Another way to cut pet costs
is to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-ups. These
preventive visits will be much more affordable than treating an actual problem.
When budgeting for this expense, you need to consider whether you live in a
small or big city. Veterinary costs tend to be higher in larger cities.

Get Pet Insurance

Between one
to two percent of this nation’s dogs have insurance
. It really is a
shame because pet insurance is a major asset when you are trying to budget for
a pet. On average, this insurance costs about $225 annually, which is
significantly less than if you had to pay out of your own pocket for every vet
visit.

Buy Nutritional Food

There are numerous options
for pet food at the supermarket, and you should really opt for the premium dog
food. Although it is more expensive, it has more nutritional value. That means
your dog gets all its nutrients without eating as much.

Dogs are expensive, but they bring years of love and happiness. Share your experiences of living with a dog in an apartment by commenting below.

Published at Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:00:00 +0000