Adopting a dog into your family will fill your home with many new, exciting and fun
things, as well as provide you with companionship and unconditional love. There
is no price you can put on those things but caring for a dog does have financial
responsibility. So that you are adequately prepared, following are some of the normal
costs involved with responsible dog guardianship.
First and foremost is Heartworm Preventative. Heartgard, Iverhart, Interceptor and
Sentinel are the most popular heartworm preventives and they are given in pill form
monthly. A heartworm pill for a 25-50 pound dog is typically $4.00 to $6.50. Like
anything else if you buy a 3- , 6- or 12- month box you will save some money!
Flea and Tick Preventative should be applied monthly. Frontline and Advantix are
brands that we have used successfully. These preventatives are applied topically
and one application for a 25-50 pound dog is typically $11.00 to $13.00 per dose.
Again, you will save money by purchasing in greater quantities.
All Cedar Farm dogs are crate trained and we strongly recommend that you continue
with that regimen. A sturdy, reasonably-priced crate like the Great Choice Portable
Kennel (plastic crate with a metal door) for a 50 pound dog will typically cost in
the $65.00 range. A similar crate for a 25 to 30 pound dog is about $43.00 and smaller
dogs a bit less.
We use retractable leads successfully and recommend their continued use. They cost
from $16.00 up to $45.00 depending on the style and length of the lead.
Stainless steel water and food bowls will not rust or break and are easy to sterilize.
Smaller stainless steel bowls will run about $4.00 and the large ones can cost up
Every three years your dog will need a rabies booster shot. Be on the lookout for
clinics that are often offered often by various humane groups to get the shots at
a discounted rate of $5 - $8. Your vet should be able to provide them for approximately
Be aware that pet deposits may be required by your landlord or homeowners association.
These are typically one-time fees and are normally $100 to $300. You should also
make sure that your landlord or association bylaws do not exclude the breed or size
of dog that you are considering adopting.