What Does it Cost to Own a Dog?

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Deciding to get a dog is not one to be taken lightly. You are committing yourself to provide love, time, and care to another living creature, and while it can be an incredibly rewarding relationship, it requires a significant investment. Unfortunately, a lot of people bring a dog home without giving enough consideration to the impact owning a dog will have on your life and your wallet. You need to be sure that you have the money to be able to give the dog the care it deserves, and there is much more to it than simply keeping them fed and watered. Here are the key costs you need to consider before you commit to owning a dog.

Buying the dog

The upfront cost of buying a dog will vary depending on what breed you buy and where you buy them from. A pedigree dog can cost at least $500 and up to $2,000. It’s recommended that you take extra precautions if buying a pedigree dog for less than this as it may be a sign of a disreputable breeder, which could mean poorly treated and unwell dogs. Mixed breed dogs are usually cheaper to buy and can be rescued for as little as a $50 donation if you rehome a dog from a shelter.

Veterinary care

Dogs require routine veterinary care to keep them healthy and happy. This includes their initial puppy checks and vaccinations as well as twice-annual checkups and top up vaccinations. Veterinarians also take care of your dog’s teeth with an annual tooth cleaning. Your dog will also need preventative medicine for fleas, worms, and ticks or other parasites. These visits can cost between $600 – $1500 per year, but this will depend on the treatment needed and the veterinarian you visit. For professional veterinary and grooming service in Callowhill, Philadelphia, visit heartandpaw.com.

While no one expects or wants their dog to need emergency care, you need to be prepared. Emergency veterinary care can be very costly, depending on the type of care they need. They may contract an illness, be injured in an accident, or even a natural disaster. These costs range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars, so it’s important to either put savings aside or take out insurance.


Feeding a dog, a nutritious diet is important but can cost between $20 to $70 per month, though it depends on the size of the dog. You should also keep healthy treats handy for training.

Leash, ID tag and collar

You need to get your dog at least one collar and leash set with ID tags. If you buy high quality, you may be able to make one set last for years at a time.


Toys are essential for a dog’s development, ongoing exercise, and mental stimulation. The amount you spend is obviously up to you, but bear in mind that getting toys that fall apart easily or never changing their toys could result in a bored and destructive dog.

Grooming costs

A dog’s grooming needs will vary depending on the type of coat they have. Some may only need occasional trims, while others will need regular appointments to keep their coat in good condition and under control. This can cost between $30-$500 annually, depending on how often you need to visit the groomer.

Training classes

You may intend to train your dog yourself, but in some cases, professional intervention may be needed to help them with their obedience and ensure they settle quickly into your lifestyle. Training classes are usually not needed after the first year or two, but you should continue to challenge them as they grow with new tasks and tricks to keep their mind active.

Pet boarding or pet sitters

Unless you intend to take your dog away on vacation with you (which will add to your travel fees), you need to factor in the cost of hiring a pet sitter or checking them into boarding facilities.

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The Health Benefits of Having a Dog

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If you think that 2019 might be the year that your family gets a pet, then there are so many reasons why it can be good for families with children. It can help to foster confidence in children, as well as help them to deal with things like anxiety better as well. But did you know that a dog can do wonders for your health too? There are many benefits to getting a dog and it can be so very rewarding. If you need a little more convincing, then here are some of the benefits that come from being a dog owner.image

Heart Health

Having a dog can make your heart feel more full as it is something else in your life to love and care for. But on a practical level, having a dog can actually help to improve the health of your heart. Having a dog companion is related to having low blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels that both play a massive part in your overall health and heart health. When you have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, you are at much lower risk of having a heart attack.

Fitness Levels

One piece of advice for dog owners is that you should get out and about and play with your dog as much as possible. So with that in mind, it shows that keeping active and improving your fitness levels is something that can happen when you have a dog. They will want to be out and about, running around and being played with, so you will need to be doing the same. This kind of activity is great throughout our lives as walking is pretty low impact, but can help us as we age to keep our strength up and keep our muscles and joints working as they should be.

Social Life

It can be harder and harder to get out and meet people, especially as we get older or move to new areas. But with a dog, there are many opportunities to meet other people and be more social. From puppy training classes, to just chatting in the park, there are more reasons to be social when you have a dog. Dog walkers speak to each other out on walks, so it can be a good way to meet local people. All of which can be good for you; your mental health especially.

Reduction in Stress

There is a reason why many people get a pet for therapy, and why therapy pets are a thing. When you spend time with a dog, it can help to reduce your anxiety levels, bring your blood pressure down, and help to make you feel overall more happy, as your happy hormones are increased. It has also been shown that people perform stressful tasks better when they have a dog around them, so it can be a great way to ease tension in your life and be a great way to reduce your stress levels (having a knock-on impact to your health).

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5 Plants and Flowers That Are Especially Toxic to Dogs

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There are few greater joys than sitting outside in the garden or a field while we watch our pets playing with their toys, chasing birds or insects, and rummaging through nice-smelling plants and flowers. Yet, dogs aren’t always satisfied with just smelling flowers, and it can be hard for them to resist the urge to have a nibble. Unfortunately, this can be dangerous as there are a high number of common UK plants and flowers that are toxic to our pets.

Pet experts James Wellbeloved have also identified a number of plants that are especially poisonous to dogs. Symptoms of poisoning can be fast-acting and include anything from sickness, weight loss and vomiting, to blood in the stool and sudden death. So, in the interest of keeping your dog safe, we recommend steering clear from the following toxic flowers and plants.

1. Azaleas

While Azaleas are far from being the most poisonous flower, dogs have a real affinity for them because of their nice smell. These common garden plants can be hard to avoid if they have been planted in a nearby park that you and your dog like to frequent. Fortunately, symptoms normally just include mild sickness and most dogs make a full recovery.

2. Grape Vine

While the vine isn’t a healthy meal for any dog, grapes are especially toxic. Just a few nibbles can lead to long-term urinary difficulties and even acute kidney failure, which can be life-threatening if not treated by a vet right away.

3. Hyacinths

While as common and as attractive as Azaleas, Hyacinths are much more toxic, also. Most dogs only tend to ingest small amounts of these plants, as the symptoms (vomiting and irritation in the mouth and throat) begin before they can eat too much. However, certain breeds, including Labradors, like to dig up and eat whole plants as quickly as possible, meaning they experience more severe side-effects.

4. Ivy

Although ivy is just as toxic to cats, dogs are the more likely pet to try and eat the poisonous leaves and berries. If your dog consumes parts of an ivy plant, you should see your vet immediately, as symptoms can be sudden and include falling into a coma.

5. Potatoes

An increasing number of us are taking to growing fruit and vegetables. However, if you are a dog owner, you need to be careful about which plants you grow. Every part of the potato plant is poisonous to dogs and, because they grow in the ground, they are easy for dogs to reach and dig up. If you want to grow potatoes, make sure to secure them with a fence that your dog cannot pass.

While these are just some of the common plants which are poisonous to dogs, don’t let this article scare you. Some dogs are more prone to eating plants than others, and most dog owners don’t need to worry. However, to keep your dog healthy, and to give yourself peace of mind, do your best to watch your dog around these plants. And, if your dog presents any symptoms of poisoning, it is safest to assume they have eaten something bad for them and to visit the vet right away. My friends’ dogs ate a toxic plant about 6 months ago. Her dogs weren’t expected to survive but because she got them to the vet right away, they were able to pump their stomachs and give them charcoal to stop the effects of the toxin. Thankfully they are all doing well now.

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5 Ways to Help Your Dog Live A Natural Life #AvoDermNatural

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Get plenty of exercise daily.  Dogs need more than just a walk to use the bathroom. They need real exercise, just like we do.  Not only do they need it for weight maintenance, many breeds need the exercise to keep things like hip displacement, arthritis and other common breed ailments from becoming an issue.  Getting out and building strong bodies in your dogs is important for their complete health just like it is for yours.  More quality exercise on a regular basis helps them to be happier, work out excess energy (especially in younger pups) and build strong muscles to carry their bodies easily for longer.

Give them a chance to “make friends”.  Go to the dog park, bring a second dog into the home, or set up doggy play dates.  Your dog needs friends to play with just like you do.  While you have fun, play fetch and even walk your dog, they may still crave that playtime they can only get with another dog.  Providing them with a “brother” or “sister” in your home is great, but if you can’t have an additional pet take the time to get them out to a dog park or to another dog owners home for play time on a regular basis.

Bring them indoors for their safety.  While there are many pets that reside outdoors the bulk of the time, there are just as many who are mostly indoor pets.  The main thing is to make sure your pets are safe and healthy.  Dogs love being outside and in the fresh air, but when temperatures fluctuate it is time to think about their health and safety.  In the heat of summer, bring your dogs inside for cooler temperatures, or at least provide them with proper shade and plenty of water to stay hydrated.  In winter months make sure your dogs are indoors and warm during the coldest days.  A dog can easily find their paws frostbitten in extreme cold, and this is not a healthy thing for any pet.  Bringing your dogs inside to protect them is one of the best things you can do for their physical and emotional health.

Give them a place of their own in your home.  Dogs are wonderful pets, but they like to know they “own” something just like you do.  They can be very possessive, or feel very left out when they don’t have a space of their own.  Make sure your dog has a bed, crate or area that is just for them.  This can be their place of comfort to go sleep, rest, play or recuperate after a long day playing.  Make sure they feel loved, welcomed and like they can consider that their own little place in the world.  Their physical health is important, but don’t forget to help your dog live a natural life, you need to provide them with emotional security.

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Cruelty Free Gift Ideas For Your Pets From the ASPCA Including Some DIY Gifts #SantaPaws

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If you’re anything like me, your pets are like your children only furrier.  We love our pets and many of us like to get our pets gifts during the holiday season.  And let’s not forget all the pet lovers on our holiday gift lists.  Studies show that over a third of Americans purchase holiday gifts for their pet.  Every year, the ASPCA encourages shoppers not to buy anything at stores that sell puppies.  You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those large scale breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love.  Well, every time you buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies, you’re actually supporting this very cruel industry.  Check out their holiday video below to learn about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills.  You can also visit No Pet Store Puppies to learn more and take the pledge to I pledge that If a pet store sells puppies, you won’t buy anything there.
Then click to tweet to share the pledge with your friends!
ASPCA behavior experts have put together some fun gift ideas for DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs:

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~To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze. Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
~For cats, rip off a piece of aluminum foil paper or tissue paper, put cat food or cat nip in it, and crumble it up into a ball. This serves a fun batting toy for hours of kitty entertainment. (I was given this idea by the ASPCA but it has been brought to my attention by a reader that tin foil might not be safe if your kitty is left unattended with the foil so use paper or tissue paper instead just in case.)  🙂
~For cats, fill plastic Easter eggs with wet cat food as a fun food puzzle.
~Rinse out an empty, cardboard milk carton, fill it with dry pet food and poke holes for a food-dispensing puzzle toy.

Here are some other cute gift ideas for pets, available on the ASPCA Online Store and the prices are very reasonable.

Gifts for pets:

5 Piece Gift Set
5-piece Dog Gift Set – $5.99

Dog Stocking Toy

Dog Stocking Toy – $8.99

Cat Play Balls 
Cat Play Balls – $1.99
DJ Cat Scratching Post

DJ Cat Scratching Post – 39.99 
Fling Ama String
Cat Fling-ama-String – 29.99 

Gifts for pet lovers:

Chocolate Dogs Cookies for People

Walker’s Shortbread Chocolate Cookies – $4.19 

aspca zales charms
Zales Diamond Pendants – prices vary depending on the piece, the pieces above are some of my favorites! 

 Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescues
Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescued from Cruelty or Disaster – $25.00 

 Symbolic Puppy Socialization
Symbolic Puppy Socialization Class – $25.00 

 Make sure to check out the ASPCA’s FULL holiday gift guide for pets and pet lovers alike.

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Special holiday giveaways every six minutes

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