what’s the real cost of owning a puppy?
Puppy love costs a thing (or two)
A new puppy can be a very big decision. On one hand, the joy from bringing a new puppy into your life is priceless. On the other hand, you want to provide a loving and safe home for your pup and ensure that your budget can accommodate their needs.
Puppy price-planning for your new best friend
Owning and caring for a new puppy can be expensive. It includes food and vaccinations, just to start, as well as unexpected expenses that can pop up, like medical and dental issues. Here is a list of common household dogs and the yearly costs that you can expect to come along with your growing pup, according to the ASPCA:
- Larger dog breeds can cost over $1,000 a year.
- Medium dog breeds, due to their smaller size and lesser food consumption, can cost almost $900 a year.
- Smaller dogs cost around $750 a year.
The bigger the dog, the bigger the bills. But with a little planning, owning a pup can be a manageable expense for any budget.
How Banfield can help
We wish your pup a happy and healthy life. If you run into any special circumstances, suspect a health issue, or need any more information on bringing a new puppy home, reach out to your veterinary team. And ask about an Optimum Wellness Plan® for your pup. Our smart and affordable packages of quality preventive care may be able to help you save on basic wellness services like vaccinations and more for the pet you love.