Man – and woman’s – best friend has always been the loyal and oh-so-lovable family dog. From morning walks to evening snuggles, many animal lovers would argue that the greatest companion you can have is a pet of your very own. A 2014 study revealed 57% of Canadian households own pets, with an estimated 5.9 million dogs calling our country home. There’s no question that the love of a family pet is worth all the responsibility and cost that comes with it – but what exactly are those costs? We’ve crunched the numbers, and with our furry friends’ approval, are breaking down the cost of owning a dog in Canada in 2019.
Routine veterinary costs: $609 per year
Preventative care and routine veterinary visits are vital to keeping your dog healthy and ensuring a long and happy life ahead for your pet. Choosing to skip veterinary visits or forgo recommended treatments may put your pet’s quality of life at risk and potentially cost you more financially in the long-run.
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One-time veterinary costs: $200 to $500
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Dog training: $150 to $250 per training package
While the cost for dog training in Canada can vary greatly across the board, the Ontario SPCA has some great tips for finding the right trainer and estimates group training classes with six to eight sessions included can run you between $150 and $250.
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Food: $619 per year
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Pet accessories: $200 per year
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Pet license: $25 per year
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Grooming every two months: $552 per year
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The grand total: $2,547 per year
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She adds, “Aside from the unexpected health issues that can and will come up in the lifetime of an animal, in the first year alone, a responsible pet owner will have to visit the veterinarian several times to get their pet properly immunized, dewormed and hopefully spay or neutered. Each subsequent year they should expect costs associated with annual exams, wellness blood testing and parasite prevention."
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