5 Costs to Consider When Getting a New Dog

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When you’re adopting a new dog, there are several costs you should consider when adopting a new dog. While everyone knows that adopting a new animal isn’t cheap, many people don’t realize just how expensive a new dog can be. 

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest expenses of getting a new dog to help you be better prepared. 

1. The Dog

Dogs can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands. Many people are surprised when they realize that their favorite dog breed, like a Labrador Retriever, will likely cost them thousands of dollars upfront. 

Of course, dogs from the local shelter are often cheaper. In this case, you usually only have to pay a few hundred dollars to cover the dog’s medical costs while they were at the shelter. Shelter dogs often come up-to-date on their shots and veterinary needs, so you’re saving a bit. 

However, purchasing dogs from a breeder can be expensive. The bigger the dog, the more money it will likely cost. That’s because bigger dogs take more space and supplies to breed, simply because they’re bigger. 

2. Initial Veterinary Costs

When you first adopt a dog, you should expect to pay some initial veterinary costs within the month. This can include spaying or neutering the dog, as well as any vaccinations the pet needs. If you have a puppy, you will have to continue their vaccination regimen after adopting them since many puppies are too young to be fully vaccinated upon adoption. 

Furthermore, you should consider microchipping your pet at the vet, which can cost anywhere from $5 to $50. Look for microchipping fairs, which usually have cheaper costs. 

3. Initial Supplies

You won’t need that much when adopting a dog. They’ll need a food and water bowl, as well as some age-appropriate toys. Puppies will need chew toys, while larger dogs will need more challenging toys. A collar and leash are also essential. Your pup will probably need grooming supplies, too, though this will depend on the type of dog you’re adopting. 

You’ll probably want a dog crate as well, mostly if the new dog isn’t housetrained. You don’t need to purchase a bed, however. Many dogs are perfectly fine with a blanket of some sort. 

4. Veterinary Emergency Fund

You never want to think that something terrible will happen to your pet, but there is a high likelihood that something will. For this reason, we recommend having an emergency fund ready to go when you adopt your pet. This will cover any emergency visits, as well as other veterinary expenses you may not have been expecting to pay – like non-emergency surgeries. 

We recommend at least $1,500 as an emergency fund for your pet. The average cost of most emergency vet visits is around $1,000. However, they can be as much as $5,000.

5. Food

For high-quality dog food, you may end up paying more than you initially expected. For good dog food, you’ll probably pay around $50 for a 28-pound bag at least. This is a decently small expense for a small dog and shouldn’t strain your budget too much. Bigger dogs eat quite a bit, though, which can drive up your budget quickly. 

You also need to consider whether your dog will need supplements of some kind, which can cost just as much as a bag of food. 

Budgeting for a New Dog

It is essential to consider all the costs of adopting a new dog, including vet visits and food. Dogs can be quite expensive, though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t adopt one at all. Instead, be smart about your pet budget and plan for all the necessary expenses. 

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