Dogs make life better for humans. From morning walks to evening snuggles, many animal lovers would argue that the greatest companion you can have is a pet of your own. A 2014 study revealed 57 per cent 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 2021.
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.
One-time veterinary costs: $200 to $500
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.
Food: $619 per year
Pet insurance: $192 to $1,200 per year
Pet accessories: $200 per year
Pet license: $25 per year
Grooming every two months: $552 per year
The grand total: $2,547 per year
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."