Undated -- Adding a furry friend to your family can be a very rewarding experience, but it's only fair to you and your pet to educate yourself before bringing a pet into your home.
According to the website, www.pawsperouspets.com, these are some of the financial responsibilities you will encounter.
- Adoption fee
- Spay or neuter surgery
- Permanent identification- a tattoo or microchip are recommended as ID for your pet.
- Initial shots/vaccines (for puppies)
- Fencing- While a fenced yard isn't necessary, it's ideal for dog owners.
- Socialization and obedience classes- socialization classes give dogs the opportunity to interact with other dogs and people, so they are comfortable with them. Obedience classes teach dogs what's expected of them.
- Health issues or medication- this can include heartworm, fleas and ticks. Dental care is also an expense to budget for.
- Emergency medical care- dogs can get sick or hurt just like people can. Setting aside a little extra money ever month can help pay the bills if an emergency happens.
- Dog Supplies- this includes food and water bowls, beds and bedding, a crate, collar and leash. Supplies can last a long time, but eventually needs to be replaced.
- Food and treats- bigger dogs tend to eat more than smaller dogs, so be prepared to pay more for food.
- Licensing costs
- Regular vet check-ups- Adult dogs usually visit their vet once a year to update their shots and get an overall health exam. Sometimes senior dogs visit the vet twice a year for check-ups.
- Boarding or travel costs- some people bring their pets on vacation, but if you're not staying somewhere pet friendly, you will have to pay to board your pet, or hire a pet-sitter.