I just adopted a puppy in January. I would average we spend about $70/month, since my building doesn’t charge pet rent. It can be very expensive, but there are also ways to cut costs, without cutting quality. Here are my thoughts:
–Amazon is your friend. We save money on good dog food by using Amazon’s Subscribe and Save. Every two months, we get a delivery of organic dog food- and with our S&S discount, it’s actually less costly than the grocery store brands. We also order his treats from Amazon S&S too. Since he is a small puppy, this costs about $17/month. We got his crate off Amazon, too, as well as baby wipes (We wipe his paws after he comes inside).
–Pet insurance. I realize this is up for debate, and I researched it long and hard. It doesn’t cover routine expenses (ie neutering & microchipping cost us $450). Basically, we’re paying $20/month for peace of mind. It will cover any accidents, and illness. Saving $50/month is a great idea too, I just realized that a broken bone could cost $1000+ and the way our puppy thinks he’s Mighty Man…
-Toys, beds, treats and waste bags we get at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. We only buy treats that are Made in America and have a clear expiration date. We’ve been pleased with the ones we’ve found.
-Monthly heartworm and tick treatment. There’s no way to scrimp on this (nor would we want to). I think it averages out to be about $15-20 a month.
Resources: I would highly recommend both books by the Monks of New Skete “The Art of Raising a Puppy” and “How to be Your Dog’s Best Friend”– great resources for someone new to owning a dog. I would also suggest you create a dog first aid kit. Especially with hydrogen peroxide in case he/she eats something dangerous.
Ultimately, I look at it like this: a dog is an investment. And it’s so worth it. He is our entertainment, provides so much laughter, and we love him. Every morning, after his walk, he runs into my room and bounds on the bed and digs under the covers until he finds me. His tail wags and he licks my nose. It’s adorable, and a great way to wake up.
Message me if you have any other questions or want to meet up at the dog park with your new furry companion!