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The True Cost of Your Dog (Infographic)

The True Cost of Your Dog (Infographic)

Looking into those adorable puppy eyes makes it easy to fall fast and hard for the dog of your dreams. Don’t let that love at first sight fool you into forgetting to plan. Your future pup needs more than love–but how much more? This infographic estimates, organizes and reveals the true cost of your pet companion so you can be prepared to give it all the love–and care–it needs.

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5:13AM PDT on Jun 20, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

12:12PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Some of these costs are quite skewed and of course depend upon where you live. You can get a dog from a shelter for a lot less, with many veterinarians offering to spay or neuter for a reduced cost. You also don't have to start out with all brand new gear either. I agree of course that someone looking to get an animal needs to be realistic about the cost, just as if you were planning to have a child; otherwise, the poor thing can end up in a shelter or worse unless they find someone who can take it on. Thinking it through is always wise!

12:04PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Sorry, but not everything in life can be reduced to dollars, euros or pounds... it just devalues things...

1:26AM PDT on May 17, 2013


6:36AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Nice infographic.
Gonna do one for kids next?
How about spouses?

9:10AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thanks Editors for sharing this excellent info-graphic.

7:36AM PDT on May 14, 2013

For me, no money in the world could replace me and my [service] dogs' bond and friendship.

7:31AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:31AM PDT on May 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:06AM PDT on May 14, 2013

thank you

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