Cost Of Caring For A Bulldog
Before you adopt a bulldog we suggest that you do your research on the common health issues that a lot bulldogs are prone to having. The cost of bulldog care is higher than the average care of a dog.
AFTER THE ADOPTION FEES THE FOLLOWING SHOULD BE CONSIDERED:
Good quality dog food is a must (including treats). It is a common trait in bulldogs to have some form of food allergy, so foods with high filler content (cheaper food) is not acceptable. In addition Bulldogs that are overweight suffer from mobility and respiratory distress so a higher quality food will provide the nutrients your dog needs without piling on the weight. You should plan on spending $50.00 – $120.00 a month on bulldog food.
Bulldogs should be harnessed when walked always. You can do permanent damage to a bulldog’s throat if you use a throat collar to attach a leash. You should plan to spend anywhere from $50.00 – $100 a year on leashes, collars, and harnesses.
Food And Water Bowl. Stainless steel bowls are best and do not harbour bacteria like the plastic ones can (plastic bowls can also cause acne). You should plan on spending $50.00 on a set of raised stainless steel set of bowls.
Bulldogs snore so it maybe your preference that your dog not sleep in the same room as you so unless you want your bully on the couch a dog bed should be purchased and replaced at least once a year. Plan on spending $60.00 -$130.00.
Crate training your bulldog provides a safe den for them when they need or want alone time and provides a safe and secure place for them when you must leave them unattended. You should plan to spend $100.00 – $130.00 on a crate and be prepared to replace it when needed.
When travelling in a car all dogs should be restrained with a seat belt for safety, to prevent injury and not be a distraction to the driver. Plan on spending $45.00 on a car seat belt and replace as needed.
Routine veterinary care is a huge part of keeping your dog healthy. Plan on going to the vet for wellness check-ups once or twice a year at a cost of at least $100-300 yearly. Annual blood work can add about $100-200. Dental cleanings are often recommended once a year and usually cost at least $200. Of course, vet costs will be higher if your dog develops a health problem. This is especially the case as your dog grows older. Consider purchasing pet insurance for your dog, which will cover a percentage of vet expenses. Overall, you should budget about $500-1000 per year for veterinary costs, and that does not include preventive medications or supplements.
If your bully has a specific behavioural issue you should find a class to meet your needs, but all dogs and their families should be enrolled in classes whenever possible for the benefits of exercise both physically and mentally, and socialization. Socialization and training will help you and your dog create a bond and lifestyle that accommodates your needs and the needs of your dog. You should plan to spend $300 – $500 a year on classes.
You will need to make the time to care, train, clean, and spend time with any dog you make a member of your family. Dogs that are not exercised enough will be destructive out of boredom and will be harder to control inside your home. You should plan on spending at least an hour a day exercising (walking or playing) with a bulldog, 15 minutes a day cleaning your bulldog (feet, face, nose ropes, tail end). Bulldogs love to be with their people and are happiest at your side so you will need to make time to spend quality time daily with a bulldog playing, snuggling and going for walks. You will also need to make the time to attend exercise and socialization classes.