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How much monthly budget to set aside for your dog’s essentials?

May 19, 2021Alex Ho

Having a pet dog is one of the best feelings in life. They’re an amazing companion who can bring lots of joy and love in every home. Plus, they can also be very sweet and affectionate, especially on days when you need it. That’s what makes them an ideal addition to your family.

Just like every member of your family, your pet dog also has needs that you need to invest on. And unlike having other domesticated pets, having a pet dog in Singapore can come with a lot of financial responsibility.

Here are the monthly costs that you need to prepare for when getting a dog:

Can’t live without ‘em

  1. Dog food and treats: At least S$50 for dry food

Of course, the most important thing on our list will be food.

Nowadays, fur parents have a lot of options when it comes to dog nutrition. You can opt to buy supermarket food brands which are relatively cheap but low on nutrients. Or you can choose specialty brands that pack a lot of essential nutrients but cost more.

Another option you can consider is buying fresh ingredients and preparing meals for your pet every day. This ensures that your pet gets the freshest and healthiest food out there. The trade-off? It takes a lot of time and money.


  1. Vitamins: Basic multivitamins with prebiotic starts at $32

Another important part in your pooch’s nutrition is ensuring that they get the right vitamins to keep them healthy. Investing in a good vitamin brand can save you a lot of trouble in the future since a dog with a strong immune system won’t get sick often.


  1. Shampoo: Starts at $21

Your dog needs to take a bath regularly, especially if you’re taking them out frequently. This not only keeps them clean, but also remove germs and bacteria they might’ve gotten.

Having a shampoo at home would make it cheaper for you since you won’t have to go to the groomers weekly, just to have your pet bathed.


  1. Complete Grooming: At least S$75

On top of regular baths at home, your dog would need regular grooming every month or two. This helps maintain their quality of their coat, the length of their nails, and the cleanliness of their ears.

Since these grooming activities can be tricky, investing on a professional groomer would save you a lot of time and energy.

  1. Cleaning agents: Around S$50

Having a pet can mean added dirt and mess around the house. That’s why it’s important to keep a steady supply of multipurpose cleaners and disinfectants in your home. This stash should also include trash bags, training pads, and deodorizing spray.

Nice to haves

  1. Dog bed covers: S$39

Since DreamCastle’s dog beds are essential in keeping your fur babies cool and comfortable when they sleep, it’s also important to match it with high quality covers.


Because having multiple DreamCastle dog bed covers ensures that your dog will be sleeping on a clean and cozy bed every night. That’s because it’s made out of soft and breathable materials that will surely keep your fur baby sleep comfortably.

Moreover, it would help reduce the wear and tear from frequent washing of the cover. And, it doesn’t hurt to have a change of style every once in a while.


  1. Dog toys: S$25

If you have an active dog, they might tear through their toys regularly. Or they can grow bored with it in time and turn their attention to other items in your house – nobody wants that, believe us.

That’s why giving them new toys regularly would add to their happiness levels and would help you reduce the risk of your favorite shoe becoming a new chew toy for them.


  1. Dog training: S$75 per session

Since it’s required in Singapore to have well-behaved dogs, investing on a dog trainer can save you a lot of trouble. Moreover, aside from teaching your dog discipline and obedience, trainers can also teach them some awesome tricks that’ll make it worth the investment.


We know that owning a pet dog can be a bit expensive, especially if you’re going the extra mile in spoiling them. However, take our word for it when we say that there’s no better feeling than coming home and being greeted by a furry animal excitedly waiting for you.

We hope this article gives you the insight on how much monthly budget you need to set aside for your dog’s essentials.

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