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Dog Expense Checklist

Don't underestimate the cost it takes to take care of your pup. Have you thought about all of these expenses?

Crate

One-time

According to XYZ,  most puppies  need a crate for at least a year. Check out both new and used crates.

Your peers paid:

$64

Vet

Ongoing

Going to the vet is inevitable, especially during your puppy's early years.

Your peers pay:

$329/yr

Insurance

Ongoing

Plan for even the most unexpected injuries and accidents by purchasing a pet insurance policy.

Your peers pay:

$15/mo

Training

One-time

Not all breeds require high levels of training, but most owners find the investment worthwhile in Year 1.

Your peers paid:

$247

Dog Food

Ongoing

Arguably the largest ongoing expenditure that pet owners must be able to afford.

Your peers pay:

$96/mo

Grooming

Ongoing

If you can afford it, grooming is a great way to keep your dog (and house) clean.

Your peers pay:

$275/yr

Pet Sitting

Ad-hoc

Daycare, walking and boarding are easy to overlook, and are often tightly aligned with travel expenses.

Your peers pay:

$41/mo

Supplies

Ad-hoc

Don't forget about leashes, collars, and other basics that your dog needs on a daily basis.

Your peers pay:

$317/yr

Toys

Ad-hoc

To keep this cost under control, try and invest in toys that are hard for any dog to destroy

Your peers pay:

$19/mo

Cleanup

Ad-hoc (indirect expense)

Don't forget about the cleaning and repair that you'll need throughout the puppy years in particular.

Your peers pay:

$13/mo