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Here Is the Real Cost of Owning a Dog

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We all know having a dog in our life is priceless, but the upkeep can cost us a pretty penny — more so, than most people assume.

Dog parents and lovers believe that owning a dog will cost them a mere $26-$75 month, but research from Rover.com, a pet-sitting and walking company, found that the average hovered around $153 a month. Some of the expenses included in the monthly cost include food, toys, treats, poop bag and preventative care (e.g. heartworm).

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Besides reoccurring costs, Rover found one-time costs — everything from adoption fee to microchip and vaccinations — could set a dog parent back more than $1,400.

Other expenses the company examined, included how many people would consider cloning their dog (1 in 3), how many would throw their pup a birthday party (33 percent) and how many have forked over some bones for a massage for their pooch (25 percent).

Check out the infographic to see more insights.

By Andrea Huspeni

Andrea Huspeni is the founder and CEO of This Dog's Life. Her mission it to help dogs live a happier, healthier and longer life. When she isn't working, she spends time with her two dogs, Lola and Milo. She resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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