Annual Dog Care Costs

Adopting a dog requires a financial commitment to her health and well-being. This chart will give you a rough idea of how big a commitment you should plan on.  These costs are estimates based on a survey of pet parents around the country. Some may be higher or lower depending on where you live and the dog you adopt.

Expense
Adoption
Food
Nutritional Supplements*
Food/water bowls
Treats
Dental/chew toys
Routine veterinary exam
Vaccinations
Emergency veterinary care
Heartworm test**
Heartworm prevention**
Fecal exams
Worming
Flea/Tick prevention
Spaying/neutering
Professional teeth cleaning
Collar(s)
Leash(es)
Training
Grooming tools
Professional grooming
Shampoo
Fence
Stain/odor removers
Doggy bed(s)
Crate(s)
Toys
Boarding, per day
TOTAL
First Year
$0-500
$120-500
$0-100
$10-40
$20-200
$20-200
$45-200
$60-150
$0-2,000+
$0-35
$24-120
$10-30
$10-25
$200-500
$35-200
$60-500
$7-50
$10-50
$30-250
$20-250
$0-1,200
$5-50
$0-2500
$10-100
$25-100
$20-250
$10-200
$15-50
$766-$10,350
Each Following Year
N/A
$120-500
$0-100
$0-25
$20-200
$20-200
$20-100
$60-150
$0-2,000+
$0-35
$36-132
$10-20
$10-25
$200-500
N/A
$0-500
$0-40
$0-50
$0-200
$0-25
$0-1,200
$5-50
$0-2500
$10-100
$0-100
$0-250
$0-200
$15-50
$526-$9,352

 

*Do not supplement your dog’s diet without consulting your veterinarian.
**Heartworm tests and prevention are vital to the life of your dog, since heartworms have been found in all 50 states.