Getting a dog is a huge commitment. They need a loving home, plenty of exercise, a healthy diet, a comfy bed, toys to keep them occupied…the list goes on! Cost is a key factor when considering a pet, and let’s break down costs you should expect for the first year after adopting a new animal companion.

The divisions below are minimum, so you might want to extend them according to your pet’s needs. Don’t forget about unexpected vet visits and pet boarding fees for when you go away.

When you first get a dog, you’ll also need to get everything they need to be happy and healthy. This includes things like:

  • Bed
  • Coat, lead, collar and tag
  • Food and water bowls
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toys
  • Car restraint
  • Initial course of vaccinations
  • Monthly wormers until your dog is 6 months old
  • Neutering
  • Microchipping (if this has not been done by the breeder).
  • You can see estimates for individual expenses—like food, supplements, toys, and vaccinations—as well as an overall first year total for each type of pet.

A pup is required to be vaccinated once it is adopted so that it can be infection free. The vaccinations like anti-rabies, anti-parvo are important to prevent your pup from hazardous diseases like rabies. These vaccinations can cost you around Rs. 1000-1500 on an average monthly basis. Also, annual vet visits or in case of an emergency call can lead to further Rs. 4000-5000.

Not every human food is healthy for your dog. Some can cause allergy to them. So initially you should always prefer dog food like pedigree, to feed your dog as long as they develop the taste of other normal foods. Branded pet foods are expensive. 

Supplements are very important these days. Most vets will recommend at least a Calcium and a Multivitamin supplement. These cost roughly Rs 200 for a 50 tablet bottle.

Whenever you buy a crate or house for your dog it will be forever. Its pricing depends upon the size and the space you are looking for as per your dog growth. Generally, an average size dog house/crate is of Rs.1500-2000. A dog bed will also set you back with the same amount.