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New owners are shocked by cost of pet care, and it's bad news for dogs

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A report found that many new pet owners underestimated the cost of caring for a pooch. And a lack of pet budgeting is having a negative effect on dogs and their humans.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 03/09/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:25

Pups are priceless, but puppy care isn't!

All pups are priceless; that's just a fact. But you can put a price on how much it costs to take care of them. In fact, a Rover.com report discovered that some owners are spending up to $2,000 (around £1,500) a year on their dogs.

That includes everything from food, toys, vaccinations, vet visits, and even poop bags. The news should come as no surprise to experienced dog people. But the report shows how unexpected pet care costs can be quite a shock to new owners, especially those who caught puppy fever during the COVID-19 lockdown.

You could save some money with these 8 homemade dog food recipes.

Dog shelters in Australia emptied as people rushed to adopt, while the USA and UK saw a huge surge in the number of first-time dog owners.

A worrying post-lockdown trend

But almost six months into the pandemic, experts are worried that many people will struggle to sustain the long-term cost of owning a dog. One shelter in Devon has already noted an increase in pets being returned since the easing of lockdown restrictions.

If you're struggling financially, speak to your vet or a local animal shelter. They can give you some advice about saving money on dog toys, food, and other costs without impacting your pet's health.

See also: Study shows the 1:7 dog to human age ratio is a myth