By: Erin Mantz, Care.com
Often times, potential new pet owners do not associate the word “expensive” with looking for a new domestic companion, such as a dog. When considering whether or not to get a puppy, it’s worth looking at potential costs, including surgical vet visits, food and routine veterinarian check-ups. First year costs like spaying or neutering, developmental stages (i.e. teething), pet boarding and other unexpected expenses round out this summary of pet ownership costs to identify prior to bringing a new puppy into a family.