Getting a dog is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It is a long-term commitment in which you will be responsible for another life. So, before you rush out to your local shelter to pick out a dog or send a deposit to a breeder for a new puppy, ask yourself these 4 questions.
1. Do you feel confident that you will have room in the budget not just now but for years to come?
To know if it’s the right time to have a new puppy or dog, it’s wise to first have a good look at your income, financial responsibilities, and your spending habits. Getting a dog does involve an initial expense; however, it goes far beyond that.
For at least a decade, and longer in many cases, you’ll need to be able to pay for dog food, care items (bowls, leashes, collars or harnesses, grooming items, toys, etc.) and veterinary bills. Some pet owners try to save money by avoiding yearly wellness checks at the vet; however, this can lead to more bills down the line due to health issues not being caught early.