The next largest expense is preventative care, which includes flea/tick, heartworm, and other parasites. Depending on your method of prevention, the reported average monthly cost is $64 - $320. Like food, these costs scale proportionately per dog.
However, there are many money-saving solutions for these expenses. Pet owners should research different preventative methods as certain types of prevention, such as flea and tick collars, are significantly cheaper than the reported costs here. Additionally, many heartworm pill manufacturers offer substantial rebates when a year’s supply is purchased at once.
Most dog owners are willing to spend a week’s worth of coffee on toys for their dog. On average, toys cost $10 per item. For dogs that are heavy chewers or toy destroyers, pet owners may be purchasing multiple toys per month. Fortunately, most dogs in a multi-pet household will share with one another, defraying this cost for multiple pets.
Pet owners can save on the price of toys by creating DIY dog toys
, or by subscribing to a monthly subscription box which can help defray costs.