The Cost of Adding Another Dog to Your Family
Adding another dog to your family can bring many benefits, but it can also add quite a bit of cost. Before going forward with adding another pet, it’s a good idea to determine if you’ll have enough time to devote to both dogs. It’s also a good idea to look at your budget to be sure you can afford to add another pet.
The American Association of Pet Product Manufacturers recently published results from a bi-annual survey of pet owners. Following are the average costs those surveyed identified as pet expenses:
- Surgical vet visits-$407
- Routine vet visits-$248
- Kennel boarding-$274
- Travel expenses-$78
- Groomer/grooming aids-$73
- Food treats-$70
Pet insurance premiums and city licensing fees were not included in the survey. Any charges for spay/neuter were also omitted. The ASPCA estimates the annual cost of owning a small dog is $1,314 and costs of owning a large dog is $1,580.
It’s great to have multiple pets as part of the family, but be sure the budget will support their care before bringing them home.
Source: Your Dog, August 2011