Owning a dog in Canada can be expensive on the wallet!

Food is usually the largest annual expense for pet parents, typically spending between $450 and $2,300 depending on the brand and amount of food your dog needs.

The cost of owning a pet is rising, especially with the rate of inflation these days, but it may surprise you how much it costs to keep Spot happy and healthy.

“There is no doubt that dogs improve our quality of life,” says HelloSafe, the company that provided the study. “There are studies showing that the simple act of petting a dog can decrease stress hormone levels and stimulate the release of serotonin. Dogs are arguably the best companion you can have and with the pandemic in 2020 we have seen a 250% increase in pet adoptions worldwide.”

But some new parents of pandemic pets are surprised by the cost of ownership.

Many factors contribute to the cost depending on where you live, whether you adopt or get your dog from a breeder, and your lifestyle. So exactly how much does it cost to own a dog in Canada in 2022?


The annual cost of owning a dog in Canada ranges from ~$3,530 to ~$4,410.

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There are many one-time expenses when you first bring your puppy home and factors such as breed, adoption and how much you splurge on essentials all play a role.

Another factor to consider is whether or not your new furry friend is neutered, which could cost around $600 – if you’re adopting from a rescue, the rescue usually covers the cost of neutering and neutering.

Vaccinations, regular veterinary checkups, and preventative care are all part of being a responsible owner and keeping your pup happy and healthy. This is especially important for puppies and usually costs between $300 and $400, plus the microchip ($60) if you’re interested.

There’s nothing wrong with outfitting your dog with the latest branded collars, leashes, or poop bags and accessories. This is in addition to the initial upfront costs, which average around $100 depending on your out-of-pocket expenses. Other equipment you may want to consider as an upfront cost may include a crate ($70-$300), bed ($50-$250), toys ($50) and treats ($50) . All important and essential to keeping your pup happy.

After installing and welcoming your new dog home, there are also annual costs that pet owners have to maintain which amount to (at the bottom of the scale) $510 – 3 $360 per year.

Food is usually the largest annual expense for pet parents, typically spending between $450 and $2,300 depending on the brand and amount of food your dog needs. Many dog ​​parents opt for fresh or dry dog ​​food delivery to your doorstep, which can cost up to $2,000.

Routine vet visits are a must if you want to keep your pup healthy and in good shape, which costs around $200 to $400 a year. Does not include preventative care such as flea and tick prevention (average around $100-$250) and heartworm prevention (average around $50-$200). Between keeping your dog happy and healthy indoors, keeping your dog’s teeth together with regular oral care and general grooming could cost between $50 and $200 per year.

When it comes to toys, treats, and poop bags, all pet owners know that these items are part of your daily essentials. Treats and toys, which could be one of the biggest expenses (depending on the craze, the brand, and your dog), could cost a parent between $85 and $300. Poop bags are low end and cost around $30 a year for most dog owners.

Pet insurance is often not something pet parents choose immediately, but if they want it, it could cost around $1,000 a year.

As many pet parents have the opportunity to work from home during unprecedented times, pet parents may be interested in considering dog walking or dog sitting, for an average $32 to $100 per session for daycare and $15 to $20 per walk.

If you have a special high-maintenance breed like Italian Greyhounds or Cocker Spaniels, this is something you’ll need to consider: accessories (sweaters, boots, jackets). Especially in Canada where we experience different seasons, it could cost pet owners between $100 and $150.

This report was built on data provided to HelloSafe by Kabo.

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