How Much Will a Puppy Cost in the First Year?

This is a question we get asked all the time. It’s important to budget for the first year of your new puppy’s life; if you don’t plan, the costs can add up and be surprising. To help you organize expenses, we’ve created three checklists to follow when gathering information about prices for your new pet.

Veterinary Expenses:

Home Expenses:

  • Crate
  • Bowls
  • Beds
  • Toys
  • Food
  • Treats
  • Leashes
  • Collars and Harnesses

Other Expenses:

  • Grooming and Nail Trims
  • Daycare or Dog Walker
  • Training
  • Pet Insurance

Please keep in mind, that if your pet has an existing illness, or gets sick in the first year, there will be unexpected expenses that are hard to budget for (one good reason to get Pet Insurance).

Please call us at 416-752-5114 or send an email to if you have any questions.

Written by Dr. Ana Da Costa, DVM