Skip to content

How to Budget for a New Dog

It may take new dogs a while to adjust to apartment living, but it can be a wonderful experience for both you and the pup. One thing you need to prepare for is the cost of caring for a dog. Between food, grooming, pet insurance and more, you could easily spend thousands of dollars annually. Luckily, there are ways to make the cost more manageable as long as you plan ahead of time.

Consider Adoption

A lot of people want a pure-bred dog. Adoption centers typically have more mutts, but the cost of adoption is significantly less than purchase a puppy outright. You can save even more because dogs in adoption centers are usually already vaccinated, neutered/spayed and microchipped.

 Seek Preventive Veterinary Care

Another way to cut pet costs is to take your dog to the vet regularly for routine check-ups. These preventive visits will be much more affordable than treating an actual problem. When budgeting for this expense, you need to consider whether you live in a small or big city. Veterinary costs tend to be higher in larger cities.

Get Pet Insurance

Between one to two percent of this nation’s dogs have insurance. It really is a shame because pet insurance is a major asset when you are trying to budget for a pet. On average, this insurance costs about $225 annually, which is significantly less than if you had to pay out of your own pocket for every vet visit.

Buy Nutritional Food

There are numerous options for pet food at the supermarket, and you should really opt for the premium dog food. Although it is more expensive, it has more nutritional value. That means your dog gets all its nutrients without eating as much.

Dogs are expensive, but they bring years of love and happiness. Share your experiences of living with a dog in an apartment by commenting below.