Getting a New Dog?
If you're thinking about adding the patter of puppy or adult paws to your household, don't rush into purchasing or adopting the first cute canine that licks your face or is sitting off in the corner and seems lonely. Getting a dog is a choice and there are many dogs that need good homes.
Taking care of a dog is expensive. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association estimates that pet owners spend $41 billion a year on their pets. That breaks down to about $25,000 to care for a dog during her lifetime. This includes routine veterinary care, medications or natural health products, grooming, food, toys, bedding, collars, and leashes.
Choosing a dog that is healthy and mentally stable right from the start means you'll spend less on veterinary expenses and remedies to care for your dog. This leaves you with time and money to have a quality experience with your canine so you can truly enjoy your years with him.
Before you bring a new dog home, consider all that will be involved in caring for him over the next ten to fifteen years. Take some time to research breeds or check out different shelters to learn as many details as you can about canine health.