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The Real Cost Of Owning A Dog

In case you didn’t know it, tomorrow is National Dog Day, and anyone who owns a pooch will tell you there’s nothing better than a dog’s unconditional love, but they’ll also tell you that owning a four-legged friend doesn’t come cheap.

So, just how much does it cost to own a dog? Well, according to the ASPCA, the first year as a dog owner can set folks back between $1,314 for small dogs and $1,814 for larger pooches, and that includes the cost of things like spaying, neutering, training, medical feeds and supplies like a crate.

After the first year the expenses will go down to about $580 for small dogs and $875 for larger ones, although those numbers could be on the low side. In fact, the pet-sitting website Rover.com repots that when you add up things like pet sitting, dog training, emergency vet bills and more that yearly cost could be as much as $2,858 a year.

And the costs could go up even more depending on what breed you have since some are more prone to emergencies, with the top five medically expensive breeds being Bernese mountain dogs, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, English cocker spaniels and Dobermans, with the possible added cost amounting to about $1,000 a year. Of course you can plan for such emergencies by buying pet insurance, which can cost about $225 a year.

Source: USA Today

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