A recent survey showed that 40 percent of people drastically underestimate the cost of keeping a dog.
Most people have a fairly good idea about the cost of food and with the wide range of choice available there is a food to suit most people’s budget. The price range is from about £60 per 12 kilo sack for a Hill’s Science diet down to about £18 for a 15 kilo sack of one of the lower end of the market foods, such as Bakers or a supermarket own brand.
The cost of veterinary insurance cover varies dramatically, as does the type of cover. The price comparison websites are very useful, but do ensure that you are comparing like with like, taking into account the claim excess amount. Also bear in mind that many insurers charge cheap first year premiums, that may rise dramatically thereafter. If you have taken cover for life and have claimed in that first year for a continuing condition, it can then be uneconomic to move to another insurer as they may not cover pre-existing conditions. A bit of time spent on research and examining online reviews by users, is definitely time well spent.
Many dog owners do not realise that insuring a pet does not cover the cost of routine treatments such as vaccinations, flea and worm treatment and neutering. The average cost of a consultation varies countrywide but is generally in the region of £18 upward. The cost of a course of vaccinations is around £80 (including the cost of consultation).
The cost of a six month course of a good “spot on” flea treatment is about £30 and worming tablets are about £1 each – the average rottweiler needing about 5 at a time. The cost of neutering, although a one off cost varies from about £150 to £250, depending on sex and weight of the dog.
If you go on holiday and need to put your dog in kennels you should also be aware that kennels charge between £12 and £16 per day, depending on the area in which you live.
So, the monthly cost of keeping a dog works out at approximately £80 per month – WITHOUT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT NEUTERING COST OR PET INSURANCE OR OTHER THINGS LIKE BEDS AND BEDDING, LEADS AND COLLARS ETC ETC. OWNING A LARGE BREED LIKE A ROTTWEILER IS EXPENSIVE. IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THAT, PLEASE DO NOT GET ONE