Ownership Expenses


After you’ve paid for your Pug, you probably think most of your financial obligations have been satisfied, right? WRONG. Throughout their lives, pugs, just like children, need love, discipline, proper nutrition, veterinary attention, and a variety of other necessities. Think about the long-term expenses of owning a dog before you decide to take on the lifetime duties that come with having one. Because a Pug’s lifespan often ranges from twelve to fourteen years, its yearly costs need to be factored in BEFORE the purchase of a Pug is made. Considering that a Pug may easily live for twelve to fourteen years. Are you sure that you can afford one?

Just The Puppy Expenses

To begin, there is the cost of the puppy itself. A well-bred and healthy puppy obtained from a reputable breeder may be purchased for anywhere between $400 and $800, although the exact amount varies from breeder to breeder. It’s possible that a puppy of “pet quality” will cost a little bit less, while a dog of “show quality” from a reputable line will be much more expensive. Prices change depending on where you reside, so consider them to be just price ranges. You may get more information on pricing differences and why they occur here. The adoption price for a Pug saved from a local shelter may range anywhere from $30 to $100, while the adoption fee for a Pug rescued from a rescue group can go as high as $250.

The first “well puppy exam,” the initial round of vaccines and wormings, etc. for a puppy will cost between $150-$250 over the course of many visits. After that, you should consider the costs associated with the veterinarian. Don’t forget that this is in addition to the price that you spent for the puppy. An first visit to the veterinarian for a checkup and, if necessary, vaccinations for an adult dog that you have acquired or adopted will cost you around $75. If you adopted your pet from a shelter, the cost of the adoption could have already included the vaccinations. But you should still take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup even if the only reason you can think of is so that you may locate a nice veterinarian for your dog and “introduce” the two of them to each other. Remember that your dog should be spayed or neutered unless you have a significant interest in genetics, the Pug standard, breed development, or making a contribution to the breed. If you do not have such an interest, you should not have your dog altered in any way. I’m not going to get into the reasons why right now, but the price of the puppy will range anywhere from $75 to $175. If you wait until your dog is an adult, though, you may expect to pay something in the area of $250 instead. Almost all of the dogs that are taken in by ethical rescue organizations are either obliged to have their reproductive organs altered or already arrive in that state. There are veterinary clinics in the surrounding area that provide spaying and neutering services at extremely reasonable prices.

And about that Unique Diet for Puppies — Before you start feeding your puppy food meant for adults, you should plan on paying around $20 per month for the first six to eight months (depending on the brand). Some breeders recommend giving the dog food specifically formulated for puppies during the first year of the dog’s life. The items with a better quality will also come with a higher price tag; nonetheless, when it comes to eating, you should never attempt to save money by cutting shortcuts.

Then there’s the Other Necessary Stuff, which refers to the ad hoc expenditures that you don’t really give much thought to, but which, when added together, may become rather pricey very quickly. Start putting money down for these things as soon as possible since you won’t have a few weeks or your next salary to spare after you have the puppy. Before you bring your new pet home, you’ll want to make sure you have these things:

  • Bowls – I prefer the steel ones because of the issues with Pug pimples and since it’s simple to toss them in the dishwasher. Steel bowls are also easy to clean. You should be able to find these at most pet shops; just be sure you choose one that is big enough to accommodate the Pug’s head when it is fully grown. I use the ones that have a diameter of 6 inches and cost $10 or $12 apiece.
  • Crate – you will need a crate to travel your dog, even if you do not use a crate while you are house training your dog. There are many who like the wire see-through containers, while others lean more toward the safety of the kind used for aircraft freight. While we do have bigger crates at our facility, the size that is most frequently referred to as a “200” is the one that we utilize for shipping and traveling. You should budget anything from $40 to $70 for something of that magnitude. Your Pug should be able to easily stand up, turn around, and stretch out while they are confined in the crate, regardless of the kind of crate you choose.
  • Dog Crate Pads or Cushions We use crate pads or cushions in addition to beds for our Pugs. Even if you don’t purchase a bed, you’ll still need to line the inside of the cage with something for a puppy. If you don’t want to use a blanket as a substitute, a removable-cover crate pad may be purchased for around $40.
  • Grooming Tools – For the time being, you just need the essentials, such as a brush, a shedding comb, nail clippers, and shampoo. Don’t forget the shampoo! Add $40 more to the total.
  • The term “equipment” refers to both the harness or collar and the leash. Depending on what you desire, these products may be purchased for a very little cost or for a considerably higher price. When I’m teaching a puppy, I like to use a nylon slip collar and a short, lightweight leash, both of which can often be purchased for about $18 and $20 together. You’ll want to get a collar or leash with a buckle on it (the necks of adult Pugs are often bigger than their heads and may easily fall off!). I also suggest the nylon ones for pups since they don’t really have any holes in the harness or the collar, but they can be adjusted so that they are a good fit throughout the puppy’s development. A Flexi-lead is a long leash that stretches out from or retracts into the handle, and it costs $40. You should consider purchasing one if you are going to do a lot of walking where your Pug may roam.
  • Toys – No puppy, no matter what breed, should ever be brought up without ones, particularly toys that can be chewed on. You should definitely provide a puppy with some toys, unless you want your sofa to be chewed up when the dog is teething. It is advisable to have a variety of different little toys, such as chewies, squeakies, fuzzies, bones, ropes, and so on, so that you may rotate them and keep them fresh. You should budget at least $50 for this stop, but how much would a brand-new couch set you back, really?
  • Because your new dog will inevitably urinate on the carpeting, you should use enzyme cleaner. Again and again and again. He will keep his promise. The fact that this kind of cleanser eliminates both the stain and the odor is vital to keep in mind if you ever want to wean the puppy off of urinating on the rug. Odor neutralizers such as “Fabreeze” will not be effective in this circumstance. Invest the extra $10 or $12 on getting the larger bottle to begin with.
  • The cost of puppy proofing, which involves modifying your home and yard in such a way that your new dog may only access specific parts of them while he is still developing, can be significant. Easily budget $45 for the purchase of a baby gate to use in the kitchen or bathroom to prevent access via entrances. An additional $15 to $20 will be required to purchase cable ties in order to keep electrical wires off of the floor (puppies find computer connections particularly appetizing!). Cord coverings may cost anywhere from $50 to $100. Because you cannot lock your Pug up in the yard, you will either need to have a fenced yard (or build one), or you will have to invest several hundred dollars in a chain link cage for your dog. Both of these approaches are ones that I would not suggest using since I do not believe that Pugs should be kept outside. However, if there is a possibility that your Pug will be forced to remain outdoors, you will also need some kind of doghouse. You can either make it yourself or purchase it, but either option will probably cost you between $100 and $200.

Ongoing Annual Expenses

Have you been able to make it this far, and are you eager to continue reading? Great! There are a number of the puppy spending categories that carry on into maturity for pugs; the costs associated with these categories, however, become less costly as time passes. On the other hand, they have the potential to accumulate over the course of a single year. Consider the costs of veterinary care beginning with the puppy stage. You are no longer need to give your dog the set of injections in succession, but your dog will still need yearly immunizations. Your Pug’s typical annual veterinary expenses will cover any unforeseen medical expenses, including those incurred because he scratched his eyes, scraped his paws, ate a shoelace, or had worms, among other things. This may cost anything from zero to one thousand dollars each year, but for our dogs, when they are healthy, it averages out to approximately two hundred and fifty dollars. A basic office visit, which you should have at least once per year, typically costs about $50, however this number might vary based on your region and the veterinarian that you see. You should always be ready for an emergency, even whether it’s something as little as a severe cut or as serious as a seizure, since you never know when one may strike. It is not uncommon for the price of diagnostic procedures or emergency medical treatment to exceed $500.

Although preventative medications are not technically considered veterinary treatment, they are almost often acquired at a veterinarian’s clinic. Mosquitoes, which are responsible for transmitting heartworm disease, may be found in almost every part of the United States. The cost of heartworm medicine is roughly $10 monthly for each dog. In addition to this, you might use a prescription once a month to prevent fleas and worms from invading your pet. Instead of paying $10 per month for preventatives, you might consider paying $25 per month for them instead.

No matter what kind of food you choose to give your dog, you can expect to get a charge for dog food every single month. If you choose for a diet that requires you to prepare for your dog, the prices might be difficult to estimate. The monthly cost of premium kibble for a Pug is around $20, while the cost of canned food is more than that. You should also include your biscuit treats or canine biscuits or chew sticks in this area, in addition to any vitamins, minerals, or other supplements that you provide to your dog. You should budget a minimum of $30 each month for this area.

A dog license, which is needed by law and must be obtained so that your pet may be returned to you or recognized if it becomes lost, is something that many people forget about until they get into legal issues because of it. It is estimated that the annual charge for a dog that has not been spayed or neutered will be around $25, whereas the fee for a dog that has had either of these procedures performed will be more in many municipalities.

Until your dog reaches senior years, neither you nor your dog will ever outgrow the need for there to always be some kind of toy lying about the home. Our “puppy,” who is now two years old, still enjoys playing fetch with fuzzy toys that make animal noises and shaking them. Depending on the size, each one of them costs around $20. You will want to find out what kind of toys your dog enjoys playing with, but you should budget an additional $50 to $75 every year for their toys, regardless of whether they are balls, stuffed animals, rope toys, or frisbees.

One other thing that most people don’t take into consideration is the length of time a Pug may expect to live. They age with time. They reach their senior years. And with age comes the same difficulties that individuals have: loss of eyesight or hearing, arthritis, renal weakness, and so on and so forth. Some Pug lines don’t begin to exhibit indications of aging until the dogs reach the age of ten, while other lines begin to show signs of aging as early as the age of three or four, particularly around the muzzle. When they reach the age of eight, almost all of them begin to slow down, and you should plan on more expenses for the additional medical concerns that come along with senior dogs. It would be very appreciated if you would not give your dog to a rescue group or abandon it at a shelter just because “it’s old.” Your dog has provided you with a lifetime of love and friendship; is it too much to ask that you repay him in some way? Make a plan for how you are going to take care of the financial aspects of your Pug’s “retirement.”


Summing Up, or Your Totals

 One Time
Puppy Costs
Adult Costs
( 1 year )
Adult Costs
( 11 years )
Total Cost
( 12 years )
The Puppy
or Dog
$ 600-0--0-$ 600
Veterinary
Expenses
$ 200$ 250$ 2750(no emergencies)
$ 2950
Spay or
Neuter
$ 120$ 250-0-$ 120 or 250
Food$ 120$ 360$ 3960$ 4080
Other Stuff$ 380(preventative, toys, etc.)
$ 315
$ 3465$ 3840
TOTALS$ 1540
bring pup home
(neuter as pup)
$ 1175
$12925
( 11 years )
$14465
( 12 years,
no emergencies )

It makes perfect sense when you think about it, doesn’t it? However, when compared to the cost of raising human offspring, pugs are a FRACTION of the price. They will never outgrow their clothing, they will never cause problems at school, and you will never have to worry about them going out too late. In my view, Pugs are a worthy investment regardless of the cost.

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