Although dogs are a man’s best friend, they are not always your wallets best friend.
I’ll be the first to admit, I got a dog for the wrong reasons. I wanted a little buddy, he was super cute, and I didn’t realize how expensive they can be.
The video discusses some of the “hidden costs” of pet ownership. Please watch this before you buy a dog. Too many times I see young adults buying a dog because they are so cute and the dog ends up with the parents of the young adult. That’s really not fair to the dog or to the parents (but that’s for another post). 🙂
There you have it, some basic financial costs of owning a pet. It costs a lot! As mentioned briefly in the video, there are some serious emotional costs too. The loss of a fur baby is the most heart-breaking, terrible thing to go through.
I once had a roommate who’s dog ate her birth control. Vet bill over that one.
However, if you are in a good life situation, are willing and able to pay for endless vet visits, give time/energy/abundance of love, I strongly urge you to consider adopting a dog.
If you don’t have the financial means to adopt a dog, you might also consider fostering an animal.
If you have no desire to own a fur baby of your own, or even foster, work into your budget a small amount of money every month to help support Humane Societies in your area. Consistent donations, no matter how small they might be, help organizations (sometimes) more than lump sum donations.
I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on this topic? When is pet ownership a good idea?