The Biggest Dog Ownership Costs Nobody Tells You

Being a dog parent shouldn't discourage you if that's your desire.

However, many other hidden expenses could be shocking, particularly for dog owners who remember their childhoods with low-maintenance mutts.

If you're worried about how you'll pay for all the expenses that come with having a dog,

these are some of the most typical unforeseen expenses that people fail to account for in their budgets.

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Few things are as free as dogs. Certainly not when you bring them home from the shelter, animal rescue, or pound. Adopting a dog from a shelter can cost money.

The adoption price for a dog can range from $50 to $350, which is a significant amount of money that cannot be spent on a lifetime of medical care for a dog.

The option of waiting for a dog that is "free to good home" might not work either.