Can you really afford the cost of owning a pet dog?

We are a nation of pet lovers. According to estimates, around 46% of UK households have a pet and the pet population stands at 58 million. Of all of the pets in the country, by far the most popular is the dog. More than half of UK pet owning households have a little faithful friend at home, from Dachshunds and Beagles, to Alsatians and Rottweilers. However, if you’re one of those with a pet, or planning to get one, can you really afford it? According to the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, 98% of pet owners underestimate the cost of animal company. What does it actually cost? Estimates vary – and of course it depends how long your canine lives. Dogs have a top lifespan of 15 years and many can live between 11 – 13 years. According to Sainsbury s pet insurance, a dog will cost you around £16,900 over its lifetime. However, other estimates put this as high as £33,000. It’s worth noting that dogs tend to be considered cheaper than cats. The same Sainsbury’s figures tha


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