This is typically how I spend my money:
- I work and earn a paycheck.
- I look into my dogs’ eyes and feel the need to spoil them.
- I drive to the pet store.
- I load a bunch of toys and clothes into the wagon.
- I hand over my paycheck to the checkout person.
I’m always joking that my dogs are my little “money suckers.” Between grooming, food, treats, toys, clothes, and vet bills, I am always spending money on my dogs. Let me clarify — I am not complaining about this. Their love supersedes any amount of money. However, if you don’t currently own a dog then you may not realize how expensive they can be. While some breeds are more expensive than others, they all require a little splurge from time to time.
The True Cost of Owning a Dog
To help aspiring pet parents understand the true cost of owning a dog, the pet-sitting company Rover has put together an infographic. They estimate that adopting a new pup typically costs owners $2,858 in the first year. In my experience, this is pretty accurate. However, as you read through the infographic below, keep in mind these figures are just estimates.