Thinking of adopting a canine friend? Dogs make wonderful companions, but they cost more than many new owners realise. To help you create a realistic budget, here’s a detailed breakdown of the upfront and ongoing costs.

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Dogs provide years of joy and companionship, so it can seem unfair to worry about money. How can you put a price on love?The problem is that the cost of owning a dog is much more than many people realise.

According to research by the PDSA in the UK, 97% of dog owners underestimate the lifetime cost of their pet – and not by a small amount. Most estimated their dog would cost less than a third the actual price.

This miscalculation can have serious consequences for both owner and dog. It can be a struggle to provide the care a dog deserves with a budget that doesn’t cover high-quality food, regular health check-ups and other costs. Tragically, some people are even forced to give up or euthanise their pet when they can’t afford medical treatment.


About The Author:
Richard Cross

Richard is a journalist who specialises in dog behavior. He’s written hundreds of articles and books related to dogs, including for the Continental Kennel Club, Dog Fest (the UK’s biggest dog festival) and various veterinary surgeries. When he’s not spending time with Jess and Rudy (his beloved Labrador and Golden Retrievers), he enjoys reading, hiking and watching sports.

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