The Cost Involved in Keeping a Dog
Can you afford it? Buying a dog is the
start. Very few puppies can be acquired for nothing. Almost everyone will
want to sell the litter they have reared, even if only to try to recoup
the cost of feeding the puppies to weaning. The cost of good pedigree
puppies varies from country to country.
The initial examination by the veterinarian,
and the puppy's primary inoculations will cost between $50-$80 depending
on the country. Besides, you will probably also be spending on toys and
other equipments. However, the cost of veterinary treatment will takes up
most of the cost in keeping a dog.
Nowadays, veterinarians are able to provide
sophisticated treatments for complicated illnesses or injuries but the
treatment may be costly. In order to avoid this high cost, you could
actually buy a pet insurance policy that cater for veterinary treatments
but it is advisable to study what each insurance company offers.
There are also premium grade insurance
policies that cover death as well as rewards to be offered in the event if
your dog is lost. Some may also include kennelling fees in case the owner
falls ill. It is entire up to you to decide which forms of insurance
policy that best suits your budget and needs.
As for feeding cost, it will varies
depending on the breed and size of your dog. In theory, a smaller dog will
be less expensive to feed compared to a larger dog. But this is frequently
offset by the more expensive and specialized foods for the very small pet.
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