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The cost of owning a dog

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FoddyWaddle Sun 14-May-17 14:57:46

We are wanting to buy our 1st family dog. We are looking at possibly labs or a collie.

My DH grew up with these breeds of dog so he is comfortable with the Care ext they need. I am very happy with doing exercise and care also.

Now to my question before we buy our dog I want to make sure we can comfortably afford to look after him. So how much would you say a dog takes to care for?

BiteyShark Sun 14-May-17 15:17:38

Get quotes on life time insurance and also factor in excess which will need paying for any claims.

Then factor in food. can give you and idea on how much a decent food for size of dog might cost. Obviously you have treats on top.

Then vaccinations, worming and flea treatments. I use a monthly vet plan to cover ours and again lots of vets advertise cost which varies for size of dog.

You have the usual one-off cost of things such as crates, leads etc but I have bought lots of beds and also toys which get destroyed/dirty etc.

Training classes. Depends on how many you want to go to. I go every two weeks and plan to continue for many months.

I pay day care so you may need to factor in dog walkers and boarding for holidays.

Sorry can't give you a figure as I don't (dare not) add it up but these are some things you need to consider.

BiteyShark Sun 14-May-17 15:18:45

Oh forgot I also pay for grooming/clipping every 6 weeks.

leighdinglady Sun 14-May-17 15:44:33

We spend the following on our cockapoo per month

£40 food
£30 insurance and pet plan (includes all the flea and worming stuff)
£160 dog walker

Unexpected costs can sting - our insurance excess is £100 which we had to pay this week following a stolen raisin pastry ordeal!

leighdinglady Sun 14-May-17 15:45:44

Grooming is £45 every other month - but cockrrpoos need far more than most breeds

PoochiePie Sun 14-May-17 17:40:19

For our dog each month (we have multiple)..
insurance (lifetime with 12k yearly limit) - £40
Food- £35 (I use Amazon subscribe and save)
Treats etc- approx £15
Dog walker - approx £100-250 a month depending on my shifts and she walks BOTH dogs for over an hour each time.
Flea and worming is about £15-20 a month but we don't flea all year round, and he's a giant breed so more expensive.
So yeah, not cheap! But i don't go out drinking etc, and our dogs are our main pastime so worth it for us.

WeAllHaveWings Sun 14-May-17 17:59:17

We have a lab. The big regular expenses are:
£50 for bag of good quality kibble, lasts ~6 weeks
£34/month insurance (petplan), expect it to rise significantly as they get older
£11/month health plan (flea/worm treatment, vacs and boosters)
Dog walker/kennels/dog day care as required.
Training classes.

Then there are:
Crate/Stuff for traveling in the car/Treats/Toys/Collar/Lead/Bed/Brushes/Poo bags etc etc. Walking boots/wellies/waterproof jackets/gloves/hats for each season for everyone who walks the dog.

If you get a puppy expect beds to only last a couple/few weeks as they get chewed. Also potential damage to sofa's/carpets/skirting boards from chewing in first 18 months.

Lordofmyflies Mon 15-May-17 20:32:20

We have a Boston. Apart from buying the pup,costs are,
£30 pm pet plan
£10 pm flea/worm
£30 pm food - raw fed
£40 pm dog walker
Plus incidentals, neutering, vaccinations, beds, toys etc £10pm
Total £120 per month

villainousbroodmare Mon 15-May-17 20:34:37

Smaller breeds tend to be significantly cheaper to run. Lots of people forget this.

FoddyWaddle Mon 15-May-17 20:59:50

Thank you. That is sort of what we expected but I wanted to get real life experience.

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