Hidden Costs of Owning a Dog Most People Overlook

Hidden Costs Of Owning A Dog

Are you considering getting a dog as a family pet? Then, before heading to the shelter, you’ll need to do thorough research. Many people acquire pets without fully grasping their responsibilities, especially when it comes to the costs involved. Families often assume they can manage dog food expenses and provide a proper home, but there are typically more financial aspects than they realize. Taking that into account, we’ve outlined some unexpected expenses below. If you still believe you can afford a dog after reading this, go for it!

Veterinary Expenses

Responsible dog owners regularly take their pet to the vet a few times a year. This might not seem like a significant cost, but many others thought the same. The vaccinations alone can run around $100+ per year without factoring in any treatment costs. If you’re getting a dog this year, consider investing in insurance. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to shop around. Insurance can help cut some expenses, but usually, you’ll still have to pay a portion. Monthly insurance costs for pets vary from $10 to $200 based on coverage. Make sure to include this in your budget!

Essential Supplements

Dogs often require supplements for their health. Depending on your dog’s breed, the prices of these products might surprise you. These supplements could promote muscle mass and reduce the risk of arthritis in the future. Additionally, you’ll need to consider vitamin supplements since most dog food lacks essential nutrients. Get ready with your calculator because the cost of maintaining your pet has just doubled.

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Dog Boarding Fees

Unless you’re willing to forgo travel entirely, you’ll need to board your dog when you go on vacation. Leaving them home alone with a friend dropping by to feed them isn’t advisable. Dogs need attention, and they get bored quickly, which might lead to destructive behavior out of frustration. Typically, you might pay around $300 for professional care for your pet. If your travel extends beyond a week, expect the price to rise accordingly.


Now that you’re aware of some hidden dog ownership costs, we hope you’ll make an informed decision. Many people get excited about adding a joyful new member to their family. However, it’s crucial never to acquire a pet if you can’t meet its needs financially. Ultimately, maintaining a dog could tally up to $3,000 per year, including food costs. So, ensure you have that extra cash before heading to the rescue center.

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Dr. Jade Marie Tomaszewski is a pathologist-in-training at McGill University, where she also did her degree in MSc Pathology. She obtained her medical degree (MD) from the University of the Philippines, after completing a BSc in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In her (little) spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, curling up with a book and a large mug of tea, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. You can follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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