Owning a dog is not exactly easy and cheap, especially in Australia.The cost of owning a dog over its lifetime can be up to $25,000. One of the most common reasons, owners have to give up their precious furry babies is because they can not afford the on-going costs involved in keeping a dog. To avoid giving up your dog later on in its’ lifetime, you should consider getting to know the costs involved in owning a dog.
Keep in mind that the costs will vary depending on your dog’s size and breed. This is just a general guide to the costs involving in owning a dog in Australia. So, here is a summary of some of it:
The estimate of total costs for the first year: $3000 – $6000 (not including unexpected health problems)
According to RSPCA Victoria, adoption fee includes:
- Senior Dog (7yrs+): no fee
- Adult dog: $360 Metropolitan – $335 regional
- Puppy: $399
- Local council registration fees can cost between $30 – $190
Include microchipping, Vaccination, desexing, regular vet check ups and unexpected costs.
- Up to $1000 in the first year
- $450 every year later
- puppy vaccinations: $170 – $250
- Desexing: $200 – $500 (depending on size, age and gender)
- Flea and worming treatments, and heartworm prevention: $120 – $300
- Microchipping: $60 – $80
If you decides to get your furry friend pet insurance. It can cost:
- between $20 – $60 per month/dog
- Average yearly cost: $206
Includes wet food, dry food and treats.
- Up to $800 per year – for premium dog
- Average costs: up to $379
Includes flea, tick and worm treating. The cost will depend on the size of your dog.
- Between $300 – $450
- Average costs: $256
- Flea and worming treatments: up to $120
Include collar, harness, leash, car restraint, winter coasts, bowls for food and water, kennels and beds, toys, toilet mats.
- up to $500 initially
- $100 per year later
- Bed and/or Kennel: $100 – $200
- Collar, leash or harness: $40-$100
- Food and bowls: $800 depending on quality
- Toys and treats: $50 upwards
Include obedience training, grooming, dog walking, boarding fees. Check local services to get accurate costs.
- Grooming average cost: $ 71
- Grooming cost: $70-$90 depending on breed, frequency and size
- Puppy training: $170 depending on provider
More information from ASIC on the costs of owning a dog: