Hi! Today we’d like to talk to you about money. What is money, really? It’s just paper, right? It’s just paper with some president art on it. It is basically just a human construct which has no actual value in terms of the planet, y’know?
Well, we’re glad you feel that way because you’re about to be majorly bummed when you hear how much scratch you’re spending on your dog over the course of his or her lifetime.
Of course, there are many factors at play: How many years you have your dog, the size of your dog, the health status of your dog, where you live, etc. But no matter your circumstances, Everyday Money has done the math and they can confirm: Doggos cost major dinero.
With annual considerations for health, grooming, food, toys, treats, a license, and some other sundry items, with a factor of size and life expectancy, a small dog will cost you $15,051 (over ~15 years), a medium dog will cost you $15,782 (over ~13 years), and a large dog will cost you $14,480 (over ~10 years).
Wait, sorry, did you also need a dog walker?
'Cause if you live in a major city and use a dog walker five times a week at $25 a day (the average cost for a half-hour walk, according to DogWalker.com)? You're looking at an extra $125 a week—which amounts to an additional $84,500 over the dog's lifetime. That's six times the cost of the average dog owner.
Even crazier, these numbers aren’t factoring in housing costs for pets. If you’re a homeowner, you’re likely to spend more on your house to ensure plenty of outdoor space for your pooch. If you’re a renter, you’re probably facing pet deposits, pet fees, or even monthly pet rent. (In the unfriendly pet housing market of Washington, D.C., this can add almost $2,666 to your annual rent, according to Trulia.)
So for those who say you cannot put a price on companionship or unconditional love, whelp, you're wrong. Because you can, and, it's in the tens of thousands. But our pets are worth every penny...right?
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