How much will that new puppy cost in his first year?

by ValMay

Puppies pull at our heartstrings but potential puppy parents should pay close attention to the purse strings as well.

First Year Puppy Cost

The excitement of acquiring a new puppy often over shadows the reality of the actually cost. Understanding what that new dog will set you back in the first year can help you decide on what type of dog to get, where to look and whether now is the time to bring your new dog home.

There are many ways to get a new puppy, and as most canine experts and enthusiasts agree, adoption is best. A reliable, responsible breeder is a good choice, but pet shops should not even be considered as the risks of health problems and other issues is too great.

When is comes to choosing a dog breed, size matters. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates the basic first year expenses as follows:

  • A small dog, 20lbs or less, $1,314.00
  • A medium dog, 20lbs to 40lbs, $1,580.00
  • A large dog, 40lbs or more, $1,843

Naturally these figures vary and are a generalization.

Price of Puppy

First we must consider the actual cost of the puppy. Acquiring a dog from a breeder is costly, and depending on the rarity and popularity of the breed, can range into the thousands. Reputable breeders do offer health guarantees, as well as reliable references, and these two things can be invaluable. A breeder with whom you may actually visit is by far the best choice to insure their authenticity, and you will often be given opportunity to meet at least one the puppy's parents.

Rescues and shelters are currently favored because of the multitude of homeless dogs. These facilities offer vet checks, including first year shots, registration, spay/neuter surgery, and a microchip location device for your new dog. Dogs at shelters and rescues are normally priced to cover expenses only.

Basic Supplies

Feeding your new puppy is a consideration and the ASPCA equates the first rear dog food expenses at $55.00 to $235.00. Prior to bringing your puppy home you need to purchase a "den." Your new dog is going to need a quiet, sheltered place to call his own. Shana Savikko, DMV, of the American Animal Hospital Association says, "dogs are den animals and they need a safe place to stay, especially when you are away." A dog crate, with a blanket inside for comfort and outside for privacy, will vary in expense directly related to the size. Estimated cost of dog crates; $35.00 to $175.00. Other basics include ceramic or steel food and water bowls, ($15.00 to $20.00) a collar and leash, ($20 to $30.00) a doggie bed, ($15.00 to $60.00) chew toys ($10.00 to $20.00) and various cleaning products that include a good dog urine, odor neutralizing, product, ($20.00.) Dog obedience classes are highly recommended by the experts for the happiness of both you and your dog. These classes can range from $40.00 into the hundreds.

Veterinary Cost the First Year

Veterinary costs are the most extensive and often the least considered. That first year your veterinary bill should resemble the following:

  • Office visit/exam $45.00
  • Rabies vaccine $25.00
  • Puppy Vaccinations, including Parvo- $100.00
  • Spay/Neuter operation $150.00 (male) $300.00 (female)
  • Deworming/heartworm prevention $20.00 to $75.00 (size related)
  • Flea prevention $25.00 to $55.00 (again, size related)

Even the healthiest and well protected puppy is liable to incur mishaps and these experiences should be considered. Possible veterinary expenses should be a huge consideration, and if you are worried about this potential expenditure, it may be better to wait a bit before bringing your new dog home.





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Updated: 01/14/2012, ValMay
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