Can you afford a pet? -

Can you afford a pet?

Dogs are great — but they're not cheap!

In fact, the ASPCA says the average yearly cost for a big dog is about $1,000.

That includes food, heartworm medication, and a yearly vet checkup.

And that's if you're lucky.

Emergencies and serious illnesses can cost you hundreds or even thousands more.  

Before you take the plunge and get a dog, crunch the numbers.

After all, it's worse to get a dog and realize you can't afford it than not to get one at all. 

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