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What Does it Cost to Have a Dog?

What does it cost to own a dog? Do you know the one time costs vs. the annual costs of dog ownership? While the benefits of pet ownership far outweigh the costs, every responsible dog owner knows that along with love and companionship comes financial responsibility.

An online survey of more than 1,000 visitors to determined what responsible owners can expect to pony-up for their pooch:


Purchase/adoption fees $646
Spay/neuter $160
Emergency Vet Visits/Surgeries $631
Training Fees/Supplies $340
General Supplies: bowl, crate, leashes $350

TOTAL $2127.00


Food $446
Vet Care (check-ups, shots) $423
Travel $279
Grooming $190
Pet sitting, walking, boarding $223
Toys/treats $217
Ongoing Training $254
Dog events $457

TOTAL $2489.00

Explanatory Notes:

Is Pet Insurance Right for you?

The best pet insurance offers coverage that’s broad enough for whatever care your pet needs and with enough options to get the perfect coverage for you and your pet.

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