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9 Costs Every Dog Owner Should Budget for

In the first year alone, your new best friend can cost between $700 and $2,000 excluding any special needs, such as dog walking, pet insurance, and grooming, which can raise the cost by more than $7,000. In the following years, your annual expenses may decrease slightly, or they could increase significantly, depending on any medical conditions that arise, whether you purchase pet insurance, how often you travel or are away from home, the length of Fluffy’s coat, his size and how much he eats, and other factors.

Mixed-breed, 10- to 20-pound dogs are typically the least expensive canines to own, according to Dr. Louise Murray, vice-president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. Adopting a dog from a reputable shelter can save you hundreds of dollars in initial expenses -- money you can later put toward emergency medical care or supplies. If you prefer to buy from a breeder, get to know him and his track record first to ensure that the puppies are well-bred and healthy.

Click through our slide show to learn about the expenses to consider before purchasing your loyal canine companion.

Sources: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (,,,,,,


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