How much does a dog cost monthly

How much does a dog cost monthly


If you’re considering getting a dog, you should know that adding a canine companion to your life is going to cost you. But I’m not just talking about the initial adoption fee or the monthly cost of food. There are plenty of other things to consider before bringing a dog into your home—and budget—forever.

Adoption cost

The average adoption cost of a dog is between $30 and $500. Adoption can be done through shelters, private owners, breeders, pet stores or puppy mills.

  • Animal shelter/rescue: The average cost of adoption from an animal shelter/rescue ranges from $30 to $300 depending on the age and health condition of the dog. Most shelters have strict guidelines for adopting animals and will require you to fill out paperwork before you can take your new furry friend home with you. Some shelters also do not allow their dogs to go outside until they are at least eight weeks old and spayed or neutered. This rule may vary depending on the individual shelter’s policy so check with them before making any decisions about adopting one of their animals into your family!
  • Private owner: If you wish to adopt a puppy directly from its breeder then expect it’ll cost between $50-$500+ depending on what kind of breed they are (some breeds like German Shepherds go up as high as $1000!). You’ll need proof that both parents have been health tested before purchasing anything though so make sure this information is available beforehand if possible! Otherwise your vet clinic might charge extra fees since they’ll need time off work too while waiting around until everyone gets done filling out forms).


The next most important thing you’ll have to buy for your dog is food. It’s important to remember that every dog is different and what works for one will not work as well for another. There are many factors involved with determining how much food you should get, including but not limited to:

  • The breed of the dog
  • The age of the dog (puppy or senior)
  • How much exercise it gets on a daily basis

Dogs need more calories than humans do, so when calculating how much food to feed them, it’s best to calculate based on their weight rather than their size or age. For example, if a Labrador retriever weighs 80 pounds and eats 2 cups of dry kibble per day, then that would equal 160 cups of kibble per month!

Grooming and hygiene

Grooming is an important part of a dog’s health and appearance. Grooming can be a good bonding experience for you and your pet, although it may not always be a pleasant one for either of you! Sometimes, grooming can help you to learn about your dog’s health status.

Groomers usually charge by the hour or half-hour. If you need to bathe your dog, this could take as long as 30 minutes; in addition to brushing their fur and clipping their nails, it might also include ear cleaning or teeth brushing if these tasks aren’t done at home already (and they should be!). Depending on how often (and thoroughly) these tasks are performed at home, then grooming fees can vary widely from nothing at all up into the hundreds of dollars per month depending on where exactly within that range one falls across those two extremes.

Toys and treats

Treats are a good way to train your dog, but they can also be expensive. If you make treats at home, they’re usually much cheaper than buying them from the store. If you buy them in bulk, they’ll get even cheaper (although still not as cheap as homemade). Treats are also available at pet stores if you don’t have time or space for making them yourself.

Vet bills

Vet bills are expensive, and they can add up quickly. Thankfully, there’s a way to avoid paying out of pocket: pet insurance. Unlike some other types of insurance (like human health care), pet insurance is easy to get at any age. No matter what breed or size your dog is or has been in the past, there’s a good chance that you can find coverage for it. Even if your pup was born with some sort of chronic condition like diabetes or epilepsy—or even cancer—there’s likely some kind of plan out there that will help reduce your expenses while keeping them healthy and happy.

Daycare or boarding

The cost of boarding your dog will depend on where you live, the size of your dog, and the type of facility.

Generally speaking, larger dogs require more space than smaller ones. Smaller breeds like Yorkies or Chihuahuas can be kept in a crate as long as they are not left alone for long periods of time.

Regular training classes are also important to keep your dog mentally stimulated and happy. A good trainer will help you learn how to train your dog at home so that he learns basic commands like sit and stay before he goes off on his own adventures! Some trainers even offer group classes where several dogs can meet together for playtime after being trained individually first by their owners (or other handlers). These gatherings might include games such as fetching tennis balls into a box or racing each other around obstacles set up outside near our house!


Pet insurance can help with unexpected vet bills, but it’s not a substitute for the savings you need to have in place. If you have a sudden emergency and don’t have enough money saved up, you may need to borrow from someone or take out a personal loan to pay the bill.

  • Prepare your emergency fund. It should be at least $500–$1000, depending on how many pets you have and how often they visit the vet.
  • Find a vet that takes payment plans/insurance contracts such as Care Credit or American Express that allow members of the public to apply for credit cards in order not only pay off their veterinarian bills over time but also receive rewards points toward future purchases made with these companies’ other services like hotels/airline tickets/restaurants etcetera.”

You spend a lot of money on a dog, but the rewards are endless.

You spend a lot of money on a dog, but the rewards are endless.

  • The benefits of having a dog are worth the cost.
  • The cost of a dog is worth the benefits.
  • The cost of a dog is not worth the benefits.


If you’re thinking about getting a dog, hopefully our research helps you to figure out if you can afford it. And if you’ve ever been tempted to guilt-trip your parents over buying that expensive pair of shoes instead of getting you a dog when you were younger, maybe now they’ll have more sympathy for your plight. Now that we know how much owning a dog will cost us, we’ll be sure to save up for the day that we do get one ourselves!

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