How much does it cost to have a dog become a member of our family? 

We love our dogs very much and it seems we will do everything we can for them. But sometimes what we want or need to do for or dogs costs money we don't have. When this happens it is heartbreaking. Dogs do cost money. I have seen people surrender a dog because they can no longer afford to feed their dog or perhaps cannot afford the medical care their dog needs. Sometimes these situations are unavoidable.

Life happens to all of us and who is to say hardship could descend upon you and force you to have to find a way to care for your dog that does NOT include you anymore. 

This does happen to people who truly love their dog. There are some steps we can take to be preventive regarding the cost of having a dog in your life. 
First let's look at the estimated cost of bringing a dog into your family. 

The following is an excerpt from Petfinder's THE ADOPTED DOG BIBLE.This chart will give you a rough idea of how big a finnancial 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.

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Not many of us truly think of the cost in the bigger picture. We may think to get food and a leash and collar to being our new family member home. There is so much more to consider as this chart indicates. 

There are two options that could help with unexpected expenses like surgeries, cancer treatments and other serious health issues. 

1) Health insurance is becoming more available and proving to be very helpful when needed. There are various insurance policies. Seeking recommendations from other pet parents who have had experience with a specific insurance company can be most helpful.

2) Setting an amount of money aside only to be used for veterinary emergencies can also be helpful. You could make sure this money is left alone and it will be there when you need it for your dog. 

Thinking of our dogs as members of our family and treating them like a family member means being able to meet the costs involved in keeping them safe and healthy.  

Here's to a long and healthy life for your beloved dog.