The Real Cost of a Dog

The Real Cost of a Dog


The Real Cost Of a Dog

A while back I wrote about getting pet health insurance, and how it was an extra expense that we probably won’t be adding soon. Since then, I’ve quickly realized that the total cost of owing a pet is worth its own post, so take a look at all the expenses we’ve occurred in just two months.

The Cost of a Pet

We bought a chocolate lab a while back and spent $400 on it. The male puppies were $300, but we wanted a female because my wife suggested she might be a little less aggressive. Truffle (or Truff for short) is a cool dog, and we treated the cost as a big Christmas gift to each other. Little did I know how much she would really cost. (Hint: It’s not $400)

The Bed, Crate, And Toys

You can’t just buy a pet without stopping at PetsMart on the way home. We knew she’d grow like a weed, so we bought the ‘large’ sizes to avoid spending all this money again to upgrade (beds, crates, etc).

  • Fluffy dog bed: $40
  • Crate (for house-training / sleeping): $150
  • Toys, food, leash, collar, and treats: $100

Yep, we spent nearly $300 in accessories that first day. If you think $100 is way too much for toys, food, a leash, a collar, and treats, think again. (Don’t worry, I thought that too.)

  • Food: $40
  • 4-5 toys: $30
  • Treats: $10
  • Leash: $10
  • Collar: $10

Vet Bills

I should have gone to school to be a vet . . . . We walked out the first time with a bill of $87. That included the cost of the exam, booster shots, and flea treatment.

Vet Bills (Round 2)

You guessed it, one month later, she needed another examination so we dropped another $80 bucks.

Vet Bills (Round 3)

This was a doozy. This month she was spayed, micro-chipped (in case she’s lost) and had her third boosters and all sorts of flea/mite/puppy treatments that definitely aren’t free.

Total cost for this bill: $353 (Ouch!)

Monthly Costs

I calculated that she’d go through about a bag of food a month, and it’ll cost us about $30 just in food. Treats aren’t that bad as a box can last two months, so that’s like $4-5 a month. She is pretty rough with her toys (better than my furniture) and we can spend about $5 a month on a toy or two.

Total Costs So Far

About $1,245 . . . in just two months. Ouch that hurts!

If you’re trying to save money and get out of debt or save up for a small car, don’t get a pet. We love our dog, but she’s not cheap! cost-of-dog/ https://

[We think that there is a real message for those of us who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We know that money belongs to God, not to us. We also know that there are massive physical needs in on this earth—with hundreds of thousands of people dying of malnutrition each year and innumerable people who don’t have life’s necessities. We further know that there are billions of people without Christ and with no hope of heaven, along with millions and millions who think they are saved and going to heaven, but they don’t truly know God and His salvation. We need to share the truth with them in every way we can, and this takes both time and money. In light of all of this, we ask you to ponder whether it is wise to spend $1,245 on a pet just for our own enjoyment. This is something to ponder. RH]

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