Burns Pet Nutrition offer help with the rising cost of owning a dog

According to a recent survey from Burns Pet Nutrition, the true cost of owning a dog has risen to almost £250 a month and could add up to nearly £40,000 for a pet’s average lifetime.  

The new figures have prompted fears that animal lovers may be forced to give up their dogs as the recent cost-of-living crisis starts to set in. 

The survey has revealed that pet owners current monthly spending on their dogs includes £50 on food, £35 on insurance and £32 on dog walkers and doggy day-care. Experts are warning that these figures could easily rise by at least 10% before the end of the year as inflation and the war in Ukraine pushes up the cost of raw materials and transport. 

However, leading healthy pet food brand Burns Pet Nutrition is able to reduce daily feeding costs for an average 10kg dog to just 47p and for a 25kg adult dog the price would come in at a low £1.09. These costs come in significantly cheaper than the £50 average and offer pet owners a chance to save on dog food without lessening the quality of meals they’d be feeding their dogs. 

Burns’ founder and leading veterinary surgeon John Burns urged owners to think carefully before switching to cheaper food for their pets: “Poor-quality pet food is often packed with bulking agents that have no nutritional benefit at all. Dogs fed on those will often produce more poo because their bodies cannot process all the useless ingredients. 

“Better quality dog food can often work out just as cost-effective because it is packed with nutrition and the animal needs less of it. There’s the added benefit of less poo to pick up too! You can’t skimp on the care you give an animal and that is an expensive lifetime commitment”.  

The amount dog owners spend on things, like food, vets’ bills, kennels, day-care, worming and flee treatments, toys, equipment and training comes to an average of £244 a month, according to a nationwide study of more than 2,000 dog owners. 

That is the equivalent of over £3,000 a year or £40,000 plus over the average 14-year lifespan of a dog. 

But the research shows that most owners love their pets so much they are prepared to spend whatever it takes to keep them happy and heathy. 

Two thirds say their dog is worth every penny, one third say they give it the best of everything, and a quarter say they shamelessly spoil their pet. 

More than a quarter say they already make financial sacrifices to own a dog, while a similar number say having one is worth going without holidays or new clothes.