Owning a Puppy Costs Money
Be prepared to spend money on bills beyond just what you’ve paid the breeder or the rescue, when owning a puppy. That includes costs for:
- Medical: Expect to pay for the normal course of vaccinations, along with deworming medication and blood and fecal tests unless your dog is unhealthy, in which case costs could skyrocket. (In fact, this is a good time to look into pet insurance.)
- Lifestyle: Food, equipment (eg, a crate, bed, bowls, toys, dental products, treats, leads, collars, etc), pet sitting, grooming, and other services.
- Training and socialization: Puppy classes and one-on-one training.
Take a peek inside Fergus Dog Park—Ontario’s four-acre playground.