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How much does it cost to own a dog?

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These are the expenses associated with responsible dog ownership, according to the ASPCA.

According to the ASPCA, dog ownership can cost almost $2000 in the first year, and between $580 and $875 per year in subsequent years. 

Many homeowners find themselves deferring dog ownership due to the costs of owning a dog. Remodeling projects can eat up discretionary income. For instance, replacing a dishwasher can cost around $600. One Atlanta homeowner reported that a moderate kitchen remodel set him back $2000 just for the labor of an Atlanta contractor (that's not counting any of the materials). A carpenter admitted that installing a roof over a wood deck would cost $2000 in labor. 

Would it be worth it to you to forego home remodels in order to afford dog ownership? Please tell us in the comments.

Chaya Kurtz writes for Networx.com.

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