But any way you look at it, dogs are a responsibility and they require commitment in time and money to support and to care for them throughout their lives.
That’s why this article, How much will a pet really cost you? A cat vs dog breakdown, caught my attention. Published in the Christian Science Monitor and using costs in US$, it shows the cost of owning either a cat or a dog and the money you need to expect to pay on a monthly and yearly basis.
I would add that if a dog develops a special health condition, or when it ages, your costs are likely to increase. Here in New Zealand, I am finding too many owners who are in a financial pinch because of the care of an elderly or special needs dog. In some cases, and in my opinion, the dogs are not receiving everything that that could to make them happy and comfortable (possibly extending their lives by months or years) – because the owners don’t have the finances.
Think before you adopt (or buy).
A dog is a lifetime commitment and one that costs money. The benefits of ownership are a great investment.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand