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Things You Should Know And Do Before Getting A Puppy Or Dog

MARCH 31, 2015  —  By Spencer Montgomery

1. The estimated annual cost of caring for a small dog is $420, a medium dog $620 and a large dog $780. 

The estimated annual cost of caring for a small dog is $420, a medium dog $620 and a large dog $780. 

2. You should always have a little emergency money stashed away.

You should always have a little emergency money stashed away.

3. Better yet, you should consider signing up for pet insurance.

Better yet, you should consider signing up for pet insurance.

4. Training a puppy takes a lot of patience, time and consistency.

Training a puppy takes a lot of patience, time and consistency.

5. Take your time: there is no rush.

 Take your time: there is no rush.

 

Take your time: there is no rush.

6. Do your research.

Do your research.

7. Get everything you need well in advance.

Get everything you need well in advance.

8. Plan to spay or neuter. 

Plan to spay or neuter. 

9. Make sure you absolutely, 100 percent, know how to properly fit a collar.

Make sure you absolutely, 100 percent, know how to properly fit a collar.

10. Get an identification tag and consider microchipping. 

Get an identification tag and consider microchipping. 

11. Learn a few money-saving basics.

Learn a few money-saving basics.

12. Puppy- or doggy-proof your place.

Puppy- or doggy-proof your place.

13. Learn which human foods are toxic to dogs.

Learn which human foods are toxic to dogs.

14. Learn which house (and garden) plants are toxic to dogs.

Learn which house (and garden) plants are toxic to dogs.

15. Make an appointment for your dog's first checkup.

Make an appointment for your dog's first checkup.

16. Make sure everyone in the house knows the rules.

Make sure everyone in the house knows the rules.

17. Clear time in your schedule for walks, training, grooming and cuddling.

Clear time in your schedule for walks, training, grooming and cuddling.

18. Learn about heartworm; it's a parasite that lives in the heart and can be transmitted from animal to animal.

Learn about heartworm; it's a parasite that lives in the heart and can be transmitted from animal to animal.

19. While you're reading up on parasites, you should learn about the other threats to your dog's health.

While you're reading up on parasites, you should learn about the other threats to your dog's health.

20. Learn the basics of proper puppy/dog nutrition.

Learn the basics of proper puppy/dog nutrition.

21. You should be bathing your dog with dog-friendly shampoo every three or four months.

You should be bathing your dog with dog-friendly shampoo every three or four months.

22. Weather can be really unkind to those perfect paws you love so much.

Weather can be really unkind to those perfect paws you love so much.

23. Your heart is about to grow exponentially.

Your heart is about to grow exponentially.

 

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