Dogs make great pets for the right family. However, not every family is cut out to be a “dog family,” and not all dogs are created equal. When it comes to determining if a dog is right for your family pet you need to consider a few things.
The most long-standing cost of having a pet, aside from feeding and housing them, are the vet bills. In order to have a healthy dog that will live a happy and long life as part of your family, you need to make sure they are seeing the vet on a regular basis. They will need vaccinations and more.
You may also spend more at the vet if you pick a dog that ends up having health issues. There all kinds of health issues that dogs can have, some of them they can get as puppies (like parvo) and some that happen as they get older (arthritis and hip dysplasia). The only way to know about such illnesses is to take your dog to the vet on a regular basis.
You also will be investing regular money into preventative medicine. You want to keep your dog from getting rabies, Lyme disease, and other illnesses. You may be buying monthly meds or getting shots every six months, so be prepared for those bills.
Feeding And Housing
Hopefully you intend to let your family dog live in the lap of luxury, aka in your house. But, if they will be spending some time outside you want to invest in a good, insulated dog house for them. You also want them to have a safe space outside to run and have fun, so you may want to invest in fencing or an invisible fence.
Food can quickly add up, especially if you get a dog that needs a special diet. The bigger the breed, the more you’re going to need to feed them as well.
You want to make sure that your pet is well trained so they are good for your family and good for the other people that come into contact with them. That means getting them the training they need to be a good member of your family. Sit and stay are just the beginning.
If your dog ever exhibits any kind of aggressive behavior you want to make sure to deal with it immediately. Talk to the vet, hire a trainer, or take them to obedience class.
Purebred Or Mixed Breed?
You’ll spend more money to buy a purebred dog to be part of your family. You may also find that purebreds tend to have more health issues. You might want to consider saving some money by going with a mixed breed, but you also want some idea of who their parents are and what their health is like.
Adopting from a shelter is the best way to add a new dog to your family!