Owning a pet is certainly a blessing. Pets steal your heart and quickly become part of the family. Throughout most of the world, the most common pet is a dog. This is because they are very smart and are known for being able to show affection towards their owner.
Many people prefer them over cats because of these reasons. As a member of our families, dogs definitely need the same attention and care as any other member of the family. This is very important to consider when you buy or adopt a new puppy or grown dog.
You have to consider the expense of giving them the best life possible because your dog will give you everything and expect nothing in return, so the fairest thing to do is to take a great care of them. So there are no surprises later, these are four of the biggest expenses that you will have to cover when owning a dog:
1. Veterinary care
Veterinary costs are one of the biggest expenses that you will have for your dog. If you get your dog as a puppy, you will have to take it for its first vaccines and then follow them up with several other rounds.
Additionally, there will be yearly checks and unfortunately, in rare instances, emergency cases. You will spend a good amount of money throughout your dogs life but, it will worth it. You will be providing a quality life and of course, your friend will be happy to be cared for.
It is very important that you compare reviews of where you will take your pet for medical care because sometimes a cheap vet won’t be reliable but others can be a great option at a great price. Try to use the vet that has the most positive reviews and of course, that you can afford.
2. Food and Treats
Food is one of the most important things to think about when considering your dogs health. It can be the difference between a healthy life or a life of health problems, such as liver conditions, cancer, bad fur, bad breath and many other conditions caused by bad quality food.
Again, take time to research and purchase the best you can afford. You will see that there is a big difference in regards to your dogs health. Additionally, a good quality food will also will make your life easier because you won’t have to vacuum the house as much or pick up waste as often when you walk your dog. Keep in mind that the cost to own a dog is big, but the love they give in return is even bigger
Sending your dog to the “salon” can be considered an unnecessary luxury but, the truth is that it is a need for dogs with thick or long coats. It is necessary to take them to a professional, in order to not to hurt them and to take the proper care of their hair and skin. Also, many owners find it difficult to trim their dogs nails and not hurt them. Remember they are part of your family and deserve the best!
4. Toys and accessories
During your dog’s life, you will need to have some items on hand to make its life more entertaining. You will need to buy toys according to its age, size and behavior. It is very important to pick the right toys for each stage of its life. Also, you will need a collar and leash to take it out for a walk. Don’t be an irresponsible owner and walk it without a leash! Don’t forget about the water and food dishes; get ones that will be hard to destroy and are easy to use.