College students pondering getting a dog in college must consider the cost. Sure, a dog will provide companionship and guard your stuff while in class. A puppy will attract more cute girls and guys than a new vehicle or a set of fashionable clothes. However, that little puppy can seriously cut into a monthly budget, including date money.
The first cost is buying the dog. A reputable breeder will charge from hundreds to thousands of dollars for a purebred dog. This cost can be avoided by picking up a dog from an animal shelter. The cost for adoption is about $50.
The next cost to consider is the dog’s food and veterinary care. Most dogs live 12 to 15 years. Over that time, the cost of food and care can run from $4,000 to $32,000, according to RaisingSpot.com.
The next cost involves time. College students must ask themselves if they have time for walking, training and playing with the dog. If the course load is heavy, there may be insufficient time to care for the dog.
Puppies, for example, demand constant attention and time. A puppy must be trained not to eat slippers or pee on the rug. For this reason, it may be better to adopt an adult dog.
Many dorms and apartments won’t allow a dog. Apartments will charge a pet deposit from $200 to $500 to take care of damage and cleaning costs. This deposit may not be refundable.
Veterinary care can be expensive. Treatment for a serious ailment can cost thousands of dollars. Even controlling a simple flea infestation can cost $100 or more.
A dog costs money. That expense will be ongoing for a decade or more. For these reasons, college students need to ask themselves this question: Am I willing to make the necessary expenditures in money and time to keep my furry friend healthy and happy?
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