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Five Tips to Budget for a New Dog

Five Tips to Budget for a New Dog

Five Tips to Budget for a New Dog

Are you looking to bring a new dog into your home?  Are you concerned with how you will pay for your dog when you have just moved into a new apartment?  When you start a new chapter of your life, it may have you considering bringing home a companion, like a furry friend.  At our pet-friendly apartments for rent in Jacksonville, FL, many residents enjoy sharing their place with their four-legged friends.  Dogs make wonderful, loyal, and cuddly pets, but they also require additional responsibilities – and money – to take care of them.  These are a few tips that can help you save up your money to finally afford the dog of your dreams.

Consider Rescuing a Dog

When you buy a dog from a breeder or a pet store, you will likely pay a higher price tag for them.  This is because they are typically a pure-bred or designer-bred puppy that you can take home at eight weeks age.  However, some of the best dogs come from rescue efforts, and they are also more inexpensive.  If you want a dog but want to stick to your budget, consider rescuing.  

Seek Preventative Vet Care

To prevent your dog from having issues that result in expensive vet bills, you should always be proactive about their physical care.  Take your dog to the vet when you first notice issues, and get your dog vaccinated when their shots are due.  By getting your dog preventative care, you provide them with the protection they need to avoid larger issues – and larger bills.

Allot Pet Expenses in the Budget

Before you bring your dog home, make sure that you crunch the numbers.  Do some basic research about the needs and expenses that your dog will bring into your life and set them as fixed expenses in your budget.  Does it work with your current financial plan?  By making sure that a dog fits into your lifestyle, you avoid making a costly mistake and having trouble affording the things you still need to pay for.

Be Realistic with Your Lifestyle

Do you work outside of the home?  Are you going to need a dog walker?  Do you need doggie day care services?   When you need some extra help with your dog, you need to also check your budget for these expenses.  Be honest about your lifestyle and how you live to make sure that a dog truly fits.  

Make Your Own Dog Toys

Another way to save money is to make your own dog toys.  By using yarn and fabric, you can make dog rope toys that can provide hours of enjoyment at a low cost.  Also, thrift store and dollar store finds can make for some enjoyable toys that your dog will love.

By following these tips, you can save up and budget your money so that you can bring a dog home to your apartment.  At our pet-friendly apartments for rent in Jacksonville, FL, we offer amenities that meet the needs of both you and your dog when you are living here.  Contact us to schedule a tour of our complex and see for yourself today.